Man sentenced to 99 years for 2016 Klawock murder

Prosecutors sought the maximum punishment.

A Klawock man received a 99-year sentence for strangling his girlfriend and mother of his children to death in 2016, authorities say.

Albert Peter Macasaet III, 30, was sentenced Tuesday by Sitka Superior Court Judge Jude Pate for the death of Judylee Guthrie.

According to a state Department of Law release Friday, Pate found that Macasaet had not shown remorse for the killing, of which Macasaet was convicted of in May following a two-week trial.

At trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Macasaet strangled Guthrie to death with a string from her hooded sweatshirt during an argument, killing her, according to the release. The next day, Macasaet reported Guthrie as missing. Her body was later found half-submerged off a local logging trail during a search. Alaska State Troopers, the Klawock Police Department and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation cooperated during the investigation.

Assistant Attorney General Kim S. Stone said in a statement that Guthrie will be remembered for her devotion to her culture and her work with the Boys and Girls Club in Klawock. Assistant District Attorney Charles Agerter asked the court to find Macasaet a “worst offender” and sought the maximum sentence of punishment.

Macasaet had previously been convicted of assault after strangling Guthrie, as well as a number of other felonies.


• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.


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