34-year-old Justin Schneider of Anchorage, Alaska recently pleaded guilty to committing a heinous crime against a Native American woman, yet he’s getting off with a slap on the wrist.
CNN affiliate KTVA reported that Schneider — a former air traffic controller — recently pleaded to second-degree assault in the attack, in which he offered a Native American woman a ride, then proceeded to strangle her until she was unconscious and masturbate on her. Not only did he get away with not having to serve any jail time, but he won’t even have to register as a sex offender.
The attack began when Schneider saw the woman at a gas station, who was looking for a ride to the nearby town of Muldoon:
Schneider then stopped the SUV… and asked the victim to get out while he loaded items into the vehicle. Once she approached the rear of the vehicle, Sarber wrote, Schneider “full on tackled” her, shoving her to the ground. He then began to strangle her with both hands around her throat, telling her that he was going to kill her.
“She said she could not fight him off, he was too heavy and had her down being choked to death,” Sarber wrote. “(The victim) said she lost consciousness, thinking she was going to die.”
When the victim woke up, she told police, Schneider was rising from her and zipping up his pants. He offered her a tissue, which police later recovered as evidence.
Although a grand jury initially indicted Schneider on four felony charges, he was given the option to plead to just one felony count of second-degree assault, and given a two-year jail sentence with one year suspended. The judge allowed him credit for time served while he was living with his family. He will instead serve three years of probation.
“I would like the gentleman to be on notice that that is his one pass — it’s not really a pass — but given the conduct, one might consider that it is,” assistant district attorney Andrew Grannik said.
“This can never happen again,” Judge Michael Corey said, when accepting Schneider’s plea offer.
KTVA reported that not once in his plea statement did Schneider apologize for what he did to the Native American woman.
“I would just like to emphasize how grateful I am for this process,” Schneider said in the hearing. “It has given me a year to really work on myself and become a better person, and a better husband, and a better father, and I’m very eager to continue that journey.”
Nick Jewell is a freelance political writer, and a proud resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.