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Airman Indicted for Deadly June Collision in East Anchorage

August 7, 2013

On August 6, 2013, 22 year old Lane Wyatt was indicted on charges of second degree murder, manslaughter, four counts of first degree assault, and three counts of third degree assault. The charges stem from a June 30th two vehicle collision at the intersection of Debarr and Boniface.

20 year old Anchorage resident Citari Townes-Sweatt was killed in the collision. Four other passengers in Townes-Sweatt’s vehicle suffered injuries and were treated by local hospitals. Three passengers from Wyatt’s vehicle sustained injuries. The Anchorage Police Department investigation determined that Wyatt had consumed alcohol prior to the collision.

The indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Wyatt faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 if convicted of all of the charges. Sentencing is based on the judge’s view of the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s criminal history, if any.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Will Taylor @ (907) 269-6373 or william.taylor3@alaska.gov at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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