This man admitted to strangling and sexually assaulting a woman but will face no jail time.
Justin Schneider was arrested in Anchorage, Alaska in August 2017. Documents say he offered a Native woman a ride from a gas station and, instead of driving her to her destination, he asked her to get out of the car, tackled her, and choked her until she became unconscious. The woman later regained consciousness to find that Schneider had masturbated on top of her. Schneider then left her and drove to his job as an air traffic controller.'
The woman reported the assault and ID’d Schneider in a police lineup. He was charged with felony kidnapping, three counts of assault, and misdemeanor harassment, and faced between five and 99 years in prison.
However, Schneider accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree felony assault. The other assault, kidnapping, and harassment charges were then dismissed. Although he was sentenced to two years in prison, one year was suspended as part of the deal. The year he spent on house arrest awaiting trial fulfilled the other year.
Alaska residents were outraged by the outcome and started an online campaign to oust the judge. The campaign amassed thousands of followers.