North Pole man sentenced in attempted murder case

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A North Pole man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for shooting at a neighbor.

Craig Wiese, 41, was found guilty in April of attempted murder.

Alaska State Troopers said Wiese was standing in the parking lot of his apartment building Nov. 8 when Chad Purinton stopped in his pickup truck and rolled down the window to say hello and possibly offer Wiese a ride.

Wiese, standing about 30 feet away, pulled out a .44-caliber handgun and fired twice at Purinton, who was not hit.

Much of the sentencing hearing focused on Wiese's mental condition and the chance that he would commit a similar crime.

Assistant district attorney Elizabeth Crail urged Superior Court Judge Jane Kauvar to issue a 20-year sentence to ''send a message'' to Wiese that his actions were wrong and for ''purely for reasons of public safety.''

Defense attorney Jim Cannon said Wiese suffers from a brain disorder suffered in a 1993 during a motorcycle accident and could be properly rehabilitated through a sentence of mostly probation and treatment. He urged a 10-year sentence.

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