Valdez man gets two years for stealing from accident victim

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2000

VALDEZ (AP) -- A Valdez man accused of stealing between $500 and $600 from a man who was either dead or dying was sentenced to two years in prison.

District Court Judge Joel Bolger sentenced Landen Skellington for stealing from Emil Wegner. Wegner was robbed during an auto accident on Richardson Highway in January in which he was killed along with another man.

Bolger also ordered Skellington to pay $550 to Wegner's estate.

In exchange for his guilty plea, a third charge of threatening a witness was dismissed.

Skellington told the judge during sentencing last week that he was sorry for his actions.

Before police and ambulance units arrived on the accident scene, Skellington approached Wegner's car, lifted his wallet and stole the cash. He then threatened the driver of the car he was riding in not to tell police what he had done.

When Wegner's possessions were turned over to his son, former Valdez police officer Don Wegner, he noticed that the cash was gone. Don Wegner reported the theft to police.

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