The Latest: Utqiagvik man sentenced to 105 years for murder

April 6, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Alaska man who shot and killed a state prosecutor in 2014 (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

A 51-year-old Alaska man who killed a state prosecutor in a fit of jealous rage has been sentenced to 105 years in prison.

Ronald Fisher in December 2014 killed 48-year-old Brian Sullivan with a shotgun in Utqiagvik (oot-GAR’-vik), formerly known as Barrow, the nation’s northernmost city.

Sullivan died in the home of the mother of Fischer’s children, a woman Sullivan had begun dating.

Superior Court Judge Gregory Miller sentenced Fischer to the maximum 99 years on a first-degree murder charge and six years more for assault convictions.

Miller followed the sentencing recommendation of prosecutor James Fayette, who called the shooting an ambush by a man with 21 previous convictions.

Miller said Fischer’s history of assaults, the escalating nature of his violence and the public’s need for protection were factors in the long sentence.


1 p.m.

A 51-year-old Alaska man convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a state prosecutor asked a judge for mercy at his sentencing hearing.

Ronald Fischer of Utqiagvik (oot-GAR’-vik), formerly known as Barrow, was convicted in November of the shotgun slaying of 48-year-old Brian Sullivan.

Sullivan had begun dating the mother of Fischer’s children.

Fischer faces a sentence of 20 to 99 years on the murder conviction.

Fischer spoke for about five minutes Friday.

He thanked his family and friends for their support and apologized to Sullivan’s family.

Defense attorney Dina Cale says Fischer was in the throes of devastation from the end to an 18-year relationship with children.

She said Fischer’s case was less than the most serious first-degree murder conviction and she urged a sentence of less than the maximum.


8 a.m.

A 51-year-old man convicted of killing an Alaska prosecutor in the community formerly known as Barrow is scheduled for sentencing Friday.

Ronald Fisher, a felon with a history of assaulting women, killed 48-year-old Brian Sullivan in December 2014 with two shotgun blasts as Sullivan sat in the home of the mother of Fischer’s children, a woman he had begun dating.

Fischer in November was convicted of first- and second-degree murder at a trial in Utqiagvik (oot-GAR’-vik), the northernmost city in the United States. A jury also convicted him of assault and violating conditions of release.

The murder conviction requires a sentence of 20 to 99 years.

Prosecutor James Fayette in a sentencing memo says Fischer should be characterized as a “worse offender.”

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