Fairbanks Man sentenced in Murder case

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A local man was sentenced on murder and evidence tampering charges in Superior Court Monday. In 2017, a jury found Zachary Whisenhunt (WISE-EN-HUNT) guilty of the 2014 murder of Jenessa Kempski. The verdict came after 10 days of testimony, and only two days of deliberation. Before his ruling, Judge Blankenship allowed comments from family members to be heard. According to District Attorney, Elizabeth Crail, Judge Blankenship handed down a sentence of 60 years for the murder charge, and 5 years for evidence tampering. Crail said the court did not restrict the possibility of parole, but that decision is at the discretion of the Department of Corrections.