Jury finds man guilty of killing Alaska attorney in 2014
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a well-known Barrow attorney with a shotgun in 2014 has been found guilty on seven counts, including first- and second-degree murder.
A jury on Thursday found Ronald Fischer guilty of the two murder charges, three counts of third- and fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest and violation of release, KTUU-TV reported .
The victim, 47-year-old Brian Sullivan, was shot twice in the face with a pump-action shotgun. Fischer is accused of shooting Sullivan after finding him at his ex-girlfriend’s house.
Fischer had previous domestic issues with his ex-girlfriend, prosecutors said.
Fischer’s attorney had said they didn’t intend to dispute the fact that their client killed Sullivan, but they asked the jury to consider all the evidence and testimony before reaching a decision. The attorney argued that the mitigating circumstances surrounding the killing hinge on volatile human emotion.
Fischer is scheduled to be sentenced April 6 in Utqiagvik. He’s being held in jail without bail.
Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com