Friday, May 24, 2013
Huslia Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Toward Tourists on Koyukuk River
Under an agreement, David F. Vent, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault, a felony.
FAIRBANKS — A Huslia man pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to shooting toward tourists on the Koyukuk River.
Under an agreement, David F. Vent, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree assault, a felony. He was sentenced to serve 118 days in jail. He received credit for time served since his April arrest, which will allow him to return home Wednesday.
During five years of probation, he must not drink alcohol and must consent to blood tests and searches of his property for alcohol. Vent has a previous 2002 conviction that also involved guns and alcohol.
At Monday’s sentencing, Superior Court judge Douglas Blankenship strongly encouraged Vent to stay away from alcohol.
“You’ll need to do that for your benefit and for the benefit of others,” he said. “When you have firearms and alcohol, it’s a prescription for disaster.”
On April 24, Vent fired five shots over the heads of a group of people on the bank of the Koyukuk River while yelling at them to get off his property, according to the case against him.
The four victims were tourists and a guide who had brought them up the river. They were taking pictures of each other and were about 300 feet from Vent when they started hearing gunshots. No one was injured.
Asked outside the courtroom if the people were in fact on his property, Vent declined to comment at the advice of his attorney, Michael Biderman.