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District of Alaska

Friday, October 18, 2013

Juneau Man indicted by Federal Grand Jury for retaliation against a witness

Anchorage, Alaska - U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced today that a Juneau man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage, Alaska, for retaliation against a witness.

Mason T. Baker, 21, of Juneau, Alaska, was arraigned yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie C. Longenbaugh, in a one-count indictment on the charge of retaliating against a witness.  Baker pled not guilty and was ordered detained pending trial.   

According to the indictment, on July 3, 2013, Baker assaulted Individual A causing him/her bodily injury, in order to retaliate against Individual A for providing testimony in the trial of United States v. Richard Corum.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, who is prosecuting this case, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.  

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Alaska State Troopers conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated January 29, 2015