Judge reverses own sentencing ruling in murder case

Posted: Friday, October 25, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks judge has reversed his own sentencing ruling for a Koyukuk man convicted of double murder last year.

Superior Court Judge Richard Savell restricted parole eligibility last year for Norman Lolnitz, 21, who is serving a 50-year sentence for killing a man and the man's infant son in January 2001. At the time of the sentencing, Savell said Lolnitz must serve at least 30 years of the term before being considered for parole.

But a state Court of Appeals ruled Savell neglected to make findings supporting the restriction.

Savell ruled Wednesday that Lolnitz now has to serve 20 years before being considered for parole.

Lolnitz was convicted of shooting Fabian Pilot, 36, and his 2-month-old son, Stephan James Pilot after an apparent argument at Pilot's home.

Lolnitz pleaded no contest to first- and second-degree murder last year.

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