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Three Men Indicted for Murder of Philip Cleveland

August 22, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) Yesterday, three men were indicted for the murder of 28 year old Philip Cleveland in Anchorage on August 9, 2017. Cleveland was originally from Kotzebue but had lived in Anchorage for the past several years. 32 year old Bert Jones, Jr., originally from Kotzebue, was indicted on charges of murder in the first and second degree. 27 year old Shalom Gilmore, originally from Kodiak, was indicted on one count of murder in the first degree. 39 year old Ralph Jim, originally from Sitka, was indicted on one count of murder in the second degree.

At approximately 10:52 p.m. on August 9, 2017, officers from the Anchorage Police Department responded to a report of a man whose throat had been cut in the area of 202 East Northern Lights Boulevard. Officers and medics responded and pronounced Cleveland deceased. The Community Action Policing (CAP) team contacted the suspects and other witnesses to the murder. Homicide detectives obtained video footage of the murder from a local business.

Murder in the first or second degree is an unclassified felony offense. If convicted of murder in the first degree, Jones and Gilmore face a prison sentence of 25 to 99 years. If convicted of murder in the second degree, Jones and Jim face a sentence of 15 to 99 years in prison. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victim and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant. The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jones’ bail was set at $250,000 cash plus a court-approved third party custodian. Jim and Gilmore’s bail was set at $50,000 cash plus a court-approved third party custodian.  All three men are scheduled to be arraigned in Anchorage Superior Court on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 1:45.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov. More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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