Erick Almandinger's sentencing for the murder of David Grunwald is set for March 20, 2019.

A jury convicted Almandinger on nine charges including first-degree murder, kidnapping and assault for the beating and killing of the Palmer 16-year-old in November 2016. Almandinger was the first of four suspects to go to trial for the murder.

At a status hearing on Thursday, the judge set aside two days for the sentencing.

Defense attorney Jon Iannaccone filed a motion to limit the number of people who can speak at Almandinger's hearing.

In the motion, Iannaccone wrote that Alaska law defines a victim as "...an adult child, parent, brother, sister, grandparent or grandchild of the deceased..."

He said Grunwald's parents, Ben and Edie, have a right to speak but wrote, "Outraged members of the community, such as some of the individuals who wrote letters attached to the pre-sentence report, do not have the right to speak."

Palmer District Attorney Roman Kalytiak said Grunwald's girlfriend Victoria will also be allowed to give a victim impact statement.

Judge Gregory Heath granted that motion.

Iannaccone also filed a motion to prevent state prosecutors from showing emotional video or a slideshow during the sentencing. Kalytiak agreed the state would not show a video or slideshow, since the judge has already seen the evidence presented at trial.

The maximum sentence for a first-degree murder conviction is up to 99 years in prison.

Almandinger's co-defendant Dominic Johnson is currently in trial, charged with the same crimes. After four weeks of witness testimony, attorneys will give their closing arguments on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

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