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Alaska grand jury indicts man in troopers' deaths

Alaska grand jury indicts man in troopers' deaths

TANANA, Alaska — A grand jury in Fairbanks on Thursday indicated Nathanial Kangas on six felony cou

TANANA, Alaska — A grand jury in Fairbanks on Thursday indicated Nathanial Kangas on six felony counts in the deaths of two Alaska State troopers.

The Office of Special Prosecutions says in a release that the 20-year-old Kangas is charged with two counts each of first- and second-degree murder in the May 1 deaths of Sgt. Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich in Tanana. He was also indicted on assault and evidence tampering charges.

The grand jury also handed down a special finding that Johnson and Rich were in uniform and carrying out official duties when they were shot and killed. That finding carries a special enhancement of 99 years in prison if he is convicted of first-degree murder. The normal sentencing range for first-degree murder is 20-99 years. There is no death penalty in Alaska.

The grand jury also indicted Kangas’ father, 58-year-old Arvin Kangas, on evidence tampering and hindering prosecution charges. Both men will appear at arraignments on Tuesday.

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