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Man sentenced to 62 years in co-worker’s death at lodge

September 20, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man has been sentenced to 62 years in prison for the first-degree murder of a co-worker at a wilderness lodge.

Steven Ridenour of Anchorage also was sentenced Tuesday for evidence tampering in the death of Steven McCaulley.

The men worked as caretakers at Port Williams Wilderness Lodge on Shuyak Island near Kodiak.

Ridenour left the island on a mail plane on Nov. 12, 2015. The lodge owner five days later asked Alaska State Troopers to check on McCaulley. They found him dead outside a bunkhouse, shot 11 times.

Ridenour claimed self-defense. Investigators concluded he was angry with McCaulley and desperately wanted off the island.

His trial lasted five weeks.

He was sentenced to 75 years, with 15 suspended, for murder and two years for evidence tampering.

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