Anchorage Man Indicted for Rampage That Left One Dead and Others Injured
May 14, 2014
On May 13, 39 year old Kenneth Moto was indicted for manslaughter, assault in the first degree, and failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer in the first degree. The indictment stems from events on April 19 and May 2. In the early morning hours of April 19, Kenneth Moto allegedly attacked numerous individuals outside of the Panhandle bar. According to the indictment, Moto punched Lavon Kittick in the face, breaking her jaw. Moto then punched Daniel Stewart, who fell to the ground and hit his head on the sidewalk. Stewart was taken to the hospital and died three days later as a result of his injuries. Moto also allegedly punched several other individuals, and he is being charged with misdemeanor assaults.
Moto fled the scene, and a manhunt involving different units of the Anchorage Police Department and the Department of Corrections ensued. On May 2, acting on a tip, the police located Moto, but he again fled from them, driving dangerously in an attempt to get away. Moto eventually crashed the car but then fled on foot. On May 5, while responding to another call, a police officer located and arrested Moto. Moto remains in custody.
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.
If convicted, Moto faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 on the manslaughter charge and also on the assault in the first degree charge. Sentencing is based on the judge’s view of the seriousness of the crime and the offender’s criminal history.
CONTACT: Deputy District Attorney Clint Campion @ (907) 269-6324 or firstname.lastname@example.org at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.
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