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State v. Chaney

Supreme Court of Alaska
477 P.2d 441 (1970)


Donald Scott Chaney (defendant) and a friend picked up the victim in their car. After driving around town, Chaney and his friend beat the victim and forcibly raped her four times. The two friends also took money from the victim’s purse. After these events, Chaney and his friend allowed the victim to leave the vehicle but threatened her with retaliation if she attempted to report the incident to police. Chaney was found guilty of two counts of forcible rape and one count of robbery. The lower court imposed concurrent one-year terms of imprisonment and provided for parole at the discretion of the parole board. The State of Alaska (plaintiff) claimed that the sentence was too lenient in relation to the severity of the crimes, would not properly deter others from such behavior, and was significantly more lenient than all presentence recommendations. The state thus appealed the judgment of the trial court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Rabinowitz, J.)

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