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Anchorage Man and Family Indicted in Homicide Prosecution

July 7, 2016

On July 6, 2016, 34 year old Sonny Benjamin Wilkins was indicted for causing the death of J.G. after being arrested for driving under the influence when police discovered the bound and gagged body of J.G. in the totaled vehicle. Wilkins was also indicted on counts of sexual assault, and kidnapping, tampering with evidence and for seven counts of possessing different controlled substances with intent to distribute them. Both Wilkins and his brother Conner Stefano were indicted for tampering with evidence. Wilkins’ mother Jacqueline Stefano were indicted for hindering prosecution in the first degree. Jacqueline was also indicted for maintaining a home for drug distribution.

On June 27, 2016, Anchorage Police Officers responded to a vehicle collision with a light pole near the intersection of Debarr Road and Lake Otis Parkway. Wilkins was believed to be the driver. Officers noted signs of impairment. Wilkins was arrested for driving under the influence.

According to the indictment, officers inspected the disabled vehicle prior to a towing. Officers noticed what appeared to be a passenger in the back seat. Officers removed a sleeping bag and discovered J.G. with a bag over her head and tape over her mouth. Officers attempted to open an airway and establish breathing without success. Anchorage Fire Department Emergency Service Technicians arrived and declared J.G. deceased.

Officers allegedly linked the vehicle to an address on Wildwood Lane in Anchorage. During the course of the investigation, officers concluded that Wilkins, Conner, and Jacqueline lived at the address. It has been alleged that J.G. was murdered in that residence and Conner assisted Wilkins with cleaning up the scene. It is also alleged that Jacqueline and Conner attempted to hinder the investigation of the murder.

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. If convicted, Wilkins faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison. Conner and Jacqueline Stefano each face a sentence of up to five years in prison. Sentencing is determined by the court’s evaluation of the circumstances of the offense and the defendant.

Wilkins will be arraigned in Superior Court on Friday July 8, 2016. Wilkins’ bail has previously been set at $500,000.00 cash performance, $500,000.00 cash appearance, plus a court approved third party custodian. Conner and Jacqueline are expected to be arraigned in Superior Court on Monday, July 11, 2016.

Contact: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov.

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