Fairbanks Four member charged with assault reaches plea deal in court

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska A Fairbanks Four member charged with a DUI, assault in the third degree and criminal mischief in the third degree reached a plea deal in court today.

According to charging documents Kevin Pease smashed car windows of the victim who was dropping off some friends. He broke three of her car windows and threatened to hit her with the bat.

Pease pleaded guilty to Misdemeanor DUI while the assault 3 and criminal mischief 3 charges were dismissed conditional upon restitution to the victim. As a result of the deal he will pay $3000 in fines and restitution, with $1500 going to his victim. He will also get 1 year probation, mandatory attendance at an alcohol program here in Fairbanks, and a 45 day jail sentence with 42 of those days being suspended; the remaining 3 days will be spent with an ankle monitor on at his residence.

In a hearing in January the women in the assault case told the judge that she wanted Pease to pay for the damage but not go to jail. The judge ultimately did not require Pease to go to jail but wear an ankle monitor and follow a curfew instead.

Kevin Pease and three other men were convicted of murder in the beating death of teenager John Hartman in 1997. He spent nearly 20 years in prison, asserting his innocence. In 2015 he was released and the murder conviction against the four men was vacated.