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Healy man gets jail time in mistaken identity case

By Associated Press 3:06 PM July 5, 2014
FAIRBANKS –

A Healy man will serve one year in jail for beating another man with a baseball bat in an apparent case of mistaken identity.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1oaKk5W ) Joshua R. Sanford must also pay his victim’s medical bills.

The 28-year-old Sanford pleaded guilty to third-degree felony assault as part of a plea agreement. Sanford was arrested last October after the beating.

According to court documents, the victim had fallen asleep at a friend’s house, waking up to the sound of a revving vehicle. He was hit on the head when he went outside.

A witness told authorities Sanford then apologized to the victim that he was not who he thought he was.

Attorneys on both sides said Sanford had legitimate motivation for attempting to beat his real target.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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