Sitka jury finds man guilty of murdering girlfriend
A Sitka court found Albert Peter Macasaet III guilty of first-degree murder for killing Judylee Guthrie.
Guthrie's body was found along a logging trail in Klawock, in a puddle and thick brush. The Attorney General says she was strangled to death by the cord of her hooded sweatshirt.
According to court documents, Macasaet told Alaska State Troopers that Guthrie was missing on July 31, 2016. He called the Craig Police Department multiple times to say he was searching for her, and then to report he found her body.
Troopers obtained an arrest warrant and confronted Macasaet on August 9, 2016. Macasaet did not immediately surrender and troopers arrested him after an eight-hour standoff.
The State Medical Examiner testified and found that Guthrie died from asphyxia from strangulation. The medical examiner also determined Guthrie suffered blunt-force trauma to her face before she died.
Guthrie and Macasaet lived together in Hydaburg and had two young children.
Macasaet will be sentenced on September 9 and faces between 20 to 99 years in prison, and a $500,000 fine.
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