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San Rafael Man Visiting Yosemite Pleads Guilty to Domestic Violence Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Stefan Niels Weiste Kirkeby, 59, of San Rafael, pleaded guilty to domestic violence within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, on Aug. 4, 2022, Kirkeby and his wife got into a verbal confrontation that resulted in park visitors having to intervene due to the yelling as well as the threats of harm being made by Kirkeby. The victim reported she was forcibly grabbed by her wrist and both fell to the ground. Kirkeby was threatening to kill her then kill himself during the altercation. The victim sustained bruising, pain to her wrist, and scratches.

This case is the product of an investigation by the National Park Service with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel J. Montoya is prosecuting the case.

Kirkeby is scheduled to be sentenced on June 26, 2023, by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston. Kirkeby faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Updated February 24, 2023

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