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Noorvik Man Pleads Guilty to Manufacturing Home Brew


									FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Press Contact:
October 23, 2008                                                                   Robin Koutchak
                                                                        Assistant Attorney General
                                                                                     (907) 269-7949

                             Noorvik Man Pleads Guilty to
                              Manufacturing Home Brew
    (Anchorage, AK) – Leon Outwater, Sr., age 41 of Noorvik, entered a guilty plea on October 15,
    2008 before Judge Richard Erlich in Kotzebue Superior Court, to the felony of Manufacturing
    Alcohol Without a License or Permit in a Local Option Area.

    Outwater, Sr., a former Noorvik Village Police Officer from 2006-2007, was arrested in July
    after police were called to the house in regard to an assault. Outwater’s 19-year-old nephew
    reported he had been punched in the face by his uncle when he refused to pay his uncle an
    additional $10 for the homebrew the nephew had drank.

    Noorvik, population 634 located 47 miles east of Kotzebue, is a community which banned the
    sale and importation of alcohol in 1987.

    Outwater is the first person in Alaska to be sentenced under the State’s new bootlegging laws
    which went into effect July 1, 2008. Outwater’s sentence was 36 months in jail, with 24 months
    suspended, a $10,000 fine, mandatory in-patient alcohol treatment, and 3 years of probation. A
    condition of probation allows a warrantless search of Outwater when he is traveling to local
    option areas. The new law sets out a minimum fine of $10,000 for a first and subsequent offense
    and increased mandatory jail time ranging from 120 days for a second offense to 360 days for a
    fourth offense.

    Assistant Attorney General Robin Koutchak of the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals,
    Alcohol Interdiction Unit represented the state at sentencing. Judge Erlich noted Mr. Outwater’s
    desire for change from his alcohol addiction but cautioned Mr. Outwater that wanting change
    and making change happen were “two different things.”

    Deputy Attorney General Rick Svobodny said the new sentencing law was in response to
    villages that voted to ban alcohol. "These prosecutions are an effort to stop alcoholism, and the
    violence and other social ills that occur in rural Alaska because of alcohol."

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