Man who kidnapped woman, strangled her and masturbated on her spared jail after judge gives him 'a pass'
Justin Schneider was arrested and sentenced to two years imprisonment after the assault but he somehow got one year suspended and was let off on the other because of time served
A man from Alaska reportedly kidnapped a woman, choked her until she lost consciousness and then masturbated on her. He has now been let off by the court because the judge feels that the man has already received his punishment in the form of getting laid off from his job, reports the Daily Mail.
Justin Schneider was arrested in August last year in Anchorage when he had attacked the woman. As per reports, he had offered the woman a ride home and then proceeded to attack her, strangling her until she passed out and masturbated over her to "fulfill himself sexually."
In 2017, Justin was granted bail after he was arrested and was allowed to await trial at home with his wife and young children with only an ankle monitor to control him, reports the publication. However, this week, he struck a very strange deal with prosecutors which saw him plead guilty only to one count of felony assault.
Justin was sentenced to two years imprisonment but somehow got one year suspended and was let off on the other because of time served awaiting trial. The prosecutor, Andrew Grannik said: "I would like the gentleman to be on notice that that is his one pass — it's not really a pass — but given the conduct, one might consider that it is."
According to reports by the publication, on the day of the incident, the victim was trying to find a ride at a gas station when she was approached by Justin in a white SUV. At the time, he told the woman his name was 'Dan' and agreed to drive her to the town of Muldoon. She told the police that they had never actually met each other before.
As per reports, she drove off in the car with him, but Justin stopped at a construction site nearby instead of the town where he had promised to take her. He asked her to step out of the car and instantly "full on tackled" her, according to charging documents.
While choking her, Justin reportedly told the woman that he was going to kill her. She lost consciousness thinking that she was about to die, as per the court documents. When she eventually woke up, she noticed he was zipping up his pants as he had masturbated on her and he then offered her a tissue to clean it up with.
"The man told her that he wasn't really going to kill her, that he needed her to believe she was going to die so that he could be sexually fulfilled," says the arrest affidavit. The victim claimed to have saved the tissue and given it to the police after the incident.
She gave the police his license plate number and said that he had gone straight from the scene to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport where he worked as an air traffic controller. After his arrest, Justin's elementary school teacher wife Megan posted his $30,000 bond.
This guy #JustinSchneider kidnapped choked and ejaculated on a woman in #alaska from 4 felonies to 1+ NO JAIL TIME + credit for time on ankle monitor and living with his family! If this is not #WhitePrivilege than what is? Part#1 pic.twitter.com/vOgItvhwAK— Mr.Jay (@sjayi15) September 23, 2018
Justin had originally been charged with 99 years behind bars but, once he got the kidnapping and harassment charges dropped, he was sentenced to just two years imprisonment. He was never imprisoned for sexual assault because, in Alaska, masturbating over a victim is not considered a sexual assault. And since he did not have any prior criminal record, according to the law, sentencing guidelines for a felony B assault are between zero and two years.
Judge Michael Corey accepted the deal despite acknowledging that it was a "breathtaking result" and declared that the man was never to attack any woman ever again. Part of his reasoning was that he "would not be in jail for the rest of his life even if he had been convicted on all counts."
State prosecutors defended the lenient sentence and said that they could not have proved kidnapping because the victim got into his car willingly. "Though it is understandable that some feel his sentence was not sufficiently harsh, all prosecutors are ethically required to follow the law, no matter how disturbing the facts may be," Alaska's Criminal Director John Skidmore said.
Justin, who is yet to apologize for his crimes, instead said that he was "grateful" for the justice system because it gave him "a year to really work on myself and become a better person, and a better husband, and a better father, and I'm very eager to continue that journey."
Justin's case has, for obvious reasons, generated a lot of criticism, and some of them have demanded that Judge Corey not be reelected given his leniency. The governor has also slammed the case, saying it highlighted a "loophole" in state laws which protect violent sex offenders.
"Any reasonable person would think the disturbing and offensive actions of Mr. Schneider qualify as a sex offense. The law needs to be fixed. This sort of outcome makes it even more difficult for victims to come forward. The punishment in this case in no way matched the severity of the crime," said the Governor.