A 32 year old local man, who Alaska State Troopers say was legally drunk when he crashed his pickup into a small sedan over a year ago, has struck a plea deal with state prosecutors.
During hearings late Tuesday, Paul Augustus Kirsteatter pleaded guilty to two counts of First Degree Manslaughter, and Felony Assault in the Second and Third Degree connected to the fatal
crash that occurred on April 7 2012 at Nordale Road near the Little Chena River Bridge.
Kirsteatter was indicted on two Second Degree Murder charges before striking the deal.
As part of the plea agreement, Kirsteatter faces a maximum 20 years in jail.
Prosecutors say Kirsteatter registered a .229 blood alcohol content shortly after he crashed his Ford F-250 head on into a Dodge Neon sedan driven by 22 year old Colton Fettig, of Corvallis,
Fettig, and a passenger, 22 year old Jordan Boggs of North Pole both were killed in the crash.
Two other passengers in the Neon, Hannah Gustafson and Gerald Noy, were both seriously injured.
Kirsteatter remained mostly silent during a brief "Change of Plea" hearing in front of Superior Court Judge Bethany Harbison.
Parents of Jordan Boggs were in attendance in the courtroom gallery, but refused to comment on the proceedings or the plea deal.
Sentencing in the case is set for August 27th.