Outrage from Alaskans over Schneider plea deal, state says the law was followed

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Michael Corey dismissed Justin Schneider's case of kidnapping and first-degree harassment. Many Alaskans like Elizabeth Williams, say they are outraged by the decision.

Williams said she started a Facebook page called NO retention for Judge Michael Corey that quickly gained traction urging Alaskans to vote no for the retention of Judge Michael Corey during the November election.

"We are also putting pressure on the assistant district attorney and we are saying why didn't you advocate for this woman," Williams said.

On Saturday, a group of Alaskans gathered at The Writer's Block Bookstore & Cafe to express their anger and discuss action plans urging Alaskans to vote against Superior Court Judge Michael Corey's retention.

In 2017, According to court documents, Schneider strangled and masturbated over a 25-year-old woman.

Schneider was sentenced to two years imprisonment with one year suspended and will receive no jail time.

A press release from the State of Alaska Department of Law said:
"Alaska law allows an offender to receive credit for any time spent on an ankle monitor or under house arrest against any jail sentence imposed."

The Alaska Department of Law says it heard from many concerned citizens saying the sentence was too lenient.

Criminal Division Director John Skidmore reviewed the case independently and stated in a press release that Justin Schneider was sentenced in accordance with current law.

"Though it is understandable that some feel his sentence was not sufficiently harsh," Director Skidmore explained, "All prosecutors are ethically required to follow the law, no matter how disturbing the facts may be."

The state said Schneider will be required to undergo sex offender treatment and comply with other monitoring conditions as a condition of the plea agreement.