FAIRBANKS — Two men associated with a brawl at the Red Fox Bar in April pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct as part of plea agreements this week.
John A. Jackson, 24, was sentenced to serve five days in jail Wednesday. He has the option of serving 40 hours of community service instead of the jail time.
Jackson started the fight when he punched another man in the face, according to the case against him. He was originally charged with felony assault because he has experience as a boxer and his hands could be considered dangerous instruments. The charge was reduced to misdemeanor assault before the plea agreement. Jackson said at an earlier court hearing that he will not fight outside of the ring again.
Derek Brandon Hibbs, 25, was sentenced Friday to 10 days in jail, which he served prior to pleading guilty.
Hibbs kicked a woman in the head with a military boot and knocked her unconscious, according to the case against him. The woman had been fighting with Hibbs’ wife at the time. Hibbs was also originally charged with felony assault.
At the sentencing, District Court Judge Jane Kauvar observed Hibbs had been convicted of driving under the influence about a year before the Red Fox fight.
“April 13 looks like a good time for you not to be out and about,” she said. “I think you are going to have to evaluate yourself, alcohol and bars if you don’t want to be back next April.”
Both Jackson and Hibbs are soldiers stationed at Fort Wainwright. Each attended the sentencing in uniform.
Criminal charges were not filed against one of two other people arrested with Hibbs and Jackson. Charges against the fourth person were dismissed.
The fight began at 12:30 a.m. April 18 and took place over two pool tables and into the kitchen of the bar, according to the initial Alaska State Trooper investigation.
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