State will 'attempt' to help assault victim file for restitution
Former air traffic controller Justin Schneider, 34, charged with a sexually motivated midday assault on an Anchorage woman pleaded guilty and then walked out of the courtroom a free man on Wednesday.
While the victim was not present in court to advocate for herself and did not have a voice in the deal Schneider struck with the state, she has one more chance to exercise a legal right against Schneider.
He was charged in August of last year, after offering the woman a ride. The woman said Schneider attacked her; strangling her until she was unconscious, then masturbated on her, according to charging documents.
Schneider's deal involved pleading guilty to a single felony assault charge, for a sentence of two years with one suspended -- with credit for a year spent on ankle monitoring while at home with his family -- he faces no additional jail time.
The woman couldn't be reached by phone, prior to Wednesday's hearing, which went forward without her. However, she has the right to file for restitution within 90 days of Wednesday's hearing.
On Thursday, KTVA asked the Anchorage District Attorney if the state will work to notify her of that right and assist her with the process. Anchorage District Attorney Richard Allen said in an email:
"In every criminal case involving a victim, we attempt to contact the victim and inform them of their rights, including the right to restitution. We will do that in this case as well."
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