A white Alaska man will face no additional jail time even though he pleaded guilty to strangling a woman until she was unconscious and masturbating on her.
Justin Schneider, 34, was indicted by an Anchorage grand jury on four felony charges including kidnapping and assault, and one misdemeanor count of harassment—offensive contact with fluids, reported KTVA.
In August 2017, Schneider offered to give a ride to a woman at a gas station. Instead of driving the victim in the direction she wanted to go, he drove her to another area. He told the victim to exit the vehicle while he unloaded items from his car. While she was outside, he attacked her, according to criminal complaint written by APD Detective Brett Sarber.
After forcing the woman to the ground, Schneider placed both hands around her neck, began choking her, and said he was going to kill her. The victim eventually lost consciousness.
When she awoke, she saw Schneider zipping up his pants and he reportedly offered her a tissue.
"The man told her that he wasn't really going to kill her, that he needed her to believe she was going to die so that he could be sexually fulfilled," Sarber wrote.
After the victim was let go, she took down Schneider’s license plate number and gave it, along with a description of the Schneider, to the police.
Schneider was arrested then arrested, was given an ankle monitor, and lived at home until his trial.
In the end, he struck a plea deal wherein he pleaded guilty to a single felony assault charge in exchange for a sentence of two years with one suspended. Schneider faces no additional jail time. He received credit for time served.
Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Andrew Grannik said Wednesday that Schneider lost his job working for the federal government as a result of the case, a consequence he called a "life sentence."
When given the opportunity to speak, Schneider offered no apology or showed no remorse for the trauma inflicted on the victim; however, he did thank the “process” for making him a better man.
"I would just like to emphasize how grateful I am for this process," Schneider said. "It has given me a year to really work on myself and become a better person, and a better husband, and a better father, and I'm very eager to continue that journey."
As part of the plea deal, Schneider must also spend three years on probation.
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