This is a story that defies justice as to be laughable, if only there was anything funny about sexual assault, kidnapping, and strangling.
Justin Schneider approached a native Alaskan woman that was looking for a ride at a gas station in August 2017, and he introduced himself to her as “Dan”. The 33-year-old father and husband claimed that he knew the woman, and she accepted the ride.
He then drove away with her, pulled over to the side of the road, and told her to get out of the vehicle in order for him to load some things. After she exited the car, he tackled her to the ground, told her that he will kill her if she screams, strangled her, and then masturbated on her.
After the woman regained her consciousness, he handed her a tissue.
According to Brett Sarber, a police detective, Schneider told the woman that he didn’t plan to kill her, he just needed her to believe that she was going to die so that he could be “sexually fulfilled”.
We can all agree that what Schneider did is disgusting and absolutely horrifying, right? Well, even though he pled guilty, he got no jail time!
If this story was not disturbing enough, the justice that came afterward is!
Schneider was living under house arrest for one year after the incident took place, and a grand jury indicted him on four felony counts of kidnapping, assault, harassment, and “offensive contact with fluids”. However, he was able to make a plea deal with the state, and it somehow made it so that he will serve no jail time.
Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Corey sentenced this man to two years, but with one year suspended, and credit for the year he served under house arrest. So, it basically means that he is essentially a free man.
The judge told him not to do it again, so he clearly won’t, right?
What’s really disturbing is that the court is treating this as some kind of “accidental, one-time slip-up”, and Assistant District Attorney Andrew Grannik said that he would like the gentleman to be on notice that this is his one pass.
Excuse me? One pass?
Oh, he also added that Schneider losing his job as an air traffic controller was already a “life sentence”. And, to add to that, he doesn’t even have to register as a sex offender.
What we can all agree is that our justice system is totally effed up. Partially because of how laws are written, and partially because of the people in the system, and the exchange Judge Corey and Schneider had at the conclusion of the trial really sums it up.
Schneider said that he would like to emphasize “how greatful he was for this process”, and he used the year under home arrest to really work on himself and become a better person and a better husband and father”.
The judge replied: “All right. Thank you, sir. I appreciate those comments”.
What a lovely exchange, right?