Man Accused of Murder Over Cell Phone On Trial
Ryan Angelo Sargento, 28, is accused of pulling out a 9-millimeter pistol and killing then 30-year-old John Lee Taylor Jr.in 2010.
An Anchorage man on trial for murder was the recipient of a gubernatorial pardon in 2006.
Ryan Angelo Sargento, 28, is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the killing of 30-year-old John Lee Taylor, Jr.
Taylor was shot to death in Mountain View in June of last year.
Anchorage police say Sargento shot Taylor several times with a 9mm pistol after arguing about a missing cell phone.
Officers say after the shooting he discarded the gun and he was later found hiding in a nearby shed.
The murder charges aren't his first run-in with the law.
In 2000, Sargento, then a minor, pleaded guilty to theft charges.
He spent six months in the Alaska Military Youth Academy before his mother asked then-Governor Frank Murkowski for a pardon in 2008.
Murkowski had appointed Sargento’s mother, Elsa, as the Executive Director of the Alaska State Community Service Commission.
His pardon was only one of six Murkowski made as governor.
Sargento’s murder trial is expected to continue tomorrow.