Man gets deal in Kavairlook case for testimony

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A man involved in the shooting death of John Kavairlook Jr. struck a deal with the state today and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for his testimony against a co-defendant.
28-year-old Joel Joseph appeared telephonically at his Superior Court hearing today where prosecutors reduced his charges from first degree murder to criminally negligent homicide.
Kavairlook was killed outside of the rock-N-rodeo nightclub on the Old Steese Highway in May of 2015.
Joseph is one of five men originally charged with the murder. 24-year-old Patrick Burton-hill and 22-year-old Kelvin Burton are both still scheduled to stand trial. Two others originally charged no longer appear in the state court database.
The Assistant District Attorney told the judge the deal came after Joseph agreed to testify truthfully in the Burton-Hill trial scheduled for February.
During the hearing Joseph acknowledged that if his testimony was not honest, the deal could be cancelled.
His sentencing will take place after the Burton-Hill trial and he faces zero to ten years behind bars.