Two teens arrested in weekend shooting for Stebbins mayor

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Stebbins teen-agers have been arrested in the weekend shooting of the village mayor, Robert Ferris.

Richard Martin, 16, and a 14-year-old boy were arrested Sunday and were being held at Nome Youth Facility, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.

Ferris, 55, was struck in the neck by a 22-caliber bullet when he looked out the window of his home to check on a disturbance Saturday night. Wilkinson says Ferris runs a store out of his home.

Wilkinson said investigators believe the motive for the shooting was robbery.

The 14-year-old has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. Martin has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit assault. Wilkinson said Martin was waived into adult court Monday.

Meanwhile, Ferris was being treated at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

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