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Woman Indicted In Connection With Death of her Father

April 7, 2015

On March 26, 2015, 35 year old Shannon Cooke of Bethel was indicted on charges of manslaughter and misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree.

On September 29, 2014, Anchorage Police Officers responded to a medic call at an apartment located on LaTouche Street. It was reported to police that a male, later identified as 56 year old Thomas Tungwenuk, had injected heroin in the apartment and was found unresponsive by his daughter, Shannon Cooke, approximately 30 to 45 minutes later. Tungwenuk was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Cooke is alleged to have provided heroin to her father and injected him with it. The State Medical Examiner's Office determined that Tungwenuk died from acute combined effects of heroin and alcohol.

Following her indictment, Cooke was taken into custody by Bethel Police on Friday, April 3, 2015. Her initial bail was set at $20,000, plus a third party custodian.

If convicted of manslaughter, Cooke faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent. The State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Dan Shorey @ (907) 269-6300 or daniel.shorey@alaska.gov at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

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