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Victim sues Alaska man who received no jail time in assault

November 15, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native woman has filed a lawsuit against the man convicted of assaulting her but who walked free following sentencing.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Anchorage Superior Court against 34-year-old Justin Schneider seeks unspecified damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and negligence, the Anchorage Daily News reported .

The former air traffic controller had offered the woman a ride in his SUV, and he later parked on a dead-end street, she told an Anchorage detective in August 2017.

He then threatened to kill the woman, choked her until she blacked out and then performed a sexual act.

Schneider was originally charged with kidnapping, but he pleaded guilty to a single count of felony assault in a deal with prosecutors. He was sentenced in September to two years in prison with one year suspended.

Credited for the year he spent in home confinement, he left court with no more jail time. He also did not have to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors made the plea agreement without “input or approval” from the victim, the lawsuit claims.

The victim, who is identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe, was outraged by the criminal case’s outcome and is now seeking justice through the civil system, said James Davis, her attorney who is with the civil rights firm Northern Justice Project.

“She wanted to signal to other victims ... even if the criminal justice system lets you down, you have a right to other remedies you might pursue,” Davis said. “And to the perpetrator, the civil system might still pursue even if you got off easy in the criminal system.”

Schneider has not responded to the suit.

Alaska voters last week rejected Superior Court Judge Michael Corey, who signed off on the plea deal.

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Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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