Let the judge decide the appropriate sentence for Alexandra Ellis.
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Jeff Dusenbury, 51, was riding his bicycle east on 84th Avenue in Anchorage when 17-year-old Alexandra Ellis was seen driving her Chevrolet pickup in reverse at an extremely high speed while traveling west. Without slowing down, Ellis abruptly turned her truck south, fatally striking Dusenbury before continuing through a heavy 10x10 wood post and well into the municipal park (an additional 40 feet). Ellis in a rush to flee the scene then drove right past Jeff as a neighbor who saw what happened came to Jeff’s aide. Toxicology tests showed the teenager's blood alcohol content to be above the legal limit for adults. She was initially charged with manslaughter, driving under the influence, and failing to assist an injured person after an accident. On May 3, Ellis pleaded guilty to reduced charges of DUI and criminally negligent homicide. The felony charge related to leaving the scene was dismissed under the plea agreement.
Ellis could face up to 10 years in prison, but attorneys on both sides have agreed to a recommended sentence of 3 years, with two suspended. The very idea that an intoxicated driver could run down an innocent victim, flee the scene without rendering aid or taking responsibility for her actions, and will likely serve only a one-year sentence is deeply disturbing and unjust. Sentences must be proportional to the crime. They not only serve the role of punishment, but are an important element to deter future behavior from all members of society. A sentence of one year in jail does little if nothing to deter the irresponsible and reckless decision to get behind the wheel under the influence.
We the undersigned request Attorney General Richards to reject any sentencing recommendation and let the judge decide the appropriate sentence for Alexandra Ellis. JUSTICE FOR JEFF IS JUSTICE FOR ALL.
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