Drunk driver sentenced for Juneau men's death

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula man has pleaded guilty to murder and assault charges in connection with the traffic deaths of two Juneau residents.

Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link gave Michael Glaser of Crown Point a 55-year sentence on three charges and suspended 33 years, said Assistant District Attorney John Wolfe. Glaser will be eligible for parole after 13 years, Wolfe said.

Glaser pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault.

Glaser, 43, was driving a pickup truck April 19 that crossed the center line on the Seward Highway and struck a rental car, killing Martin Richard, 50, and Ladd Macaulay, 57.

A third man, Steven McGee of Juneau, was injured.

Tests conducted by Alaska State Troopers on Glaser after the crash showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.258 percent -- more than two and a half times Alaska's legal limit.

Wolfe said Glaser asked for the change-of-plea hearing in August and requested that a presentence report be prepared.

Murder in the second degree is punishable by at least five years but not more than 99 years in prison. First-degree assault carries a maximum term of 20 years.

Richard was director of the Division of Investments for the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Macaulay was a loan officer with the division.

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