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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 12. Code of Criminal Procedure
- Chapter 55. Sentencing and Probation
- Section 175. Three-Judge Sentencing Panel.
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. Designation of Representative.
AS 12.55.175. Three-Judge Sentencing Panel.
- (a) There is created within the superior court a panel of five superior court judges to be appointed by the chief justice
in accordance with rules and for terms as may be prescribed by the supreme court. Three judges of the panel shall be
designated by the chief justice as members. The remaining two judges shall be designated by the chief justice as first
and second alternates to sit as members in the event of disqualification or disability in accordance with rules as may
be prescribed by the supreme court.
- (b) Upon receipt of a record of proceedings under AS 12.55.165
, the three-judge panel shall consider all pertinent files, records, and transcripts, including the findings and
conclusions of the judge who originally heard the matter. The panel may hear oral testimony to supplement the record
before it. If the panel supplements the record, the panel shall permit the victim to testify before the panel. If the
panel finds that manifest injustice would result from failure to consider relevant aggravating or mitigating factors
not specifically included in AS 12.55.155
or from imposition of a sentence within the presumptive range, whether or not adjusted for aggravating or mitigating factors, it shall
sentence the defendant in accordance with this section. If the panel does not find that manifest injustice would
result, it shall remand the case to the sentencing court, with a written statement of its findings and conclusions, for
sentencing under AS 12.55.125
- (c) The three-judge panel may in the interest of justice sentence the defendant to any definite term of imprisonment up to
the maximum term provided for the offense or to any sentence authorized under AS 12.55.015.
- (d) Sentencing of a defendant or remanding of a case under this section shall be by a majority of the three-judge panel.
- (e) If the three-judge panel determines under (b) of this section that manifest injustice would result from imposition of
a sentence within the presumptive range and the panel also finds that the defendant has an exceptional potential for rehabilitation and
that a sentence of less than the presumptive range should be imposed because of the defendant's exceptional potential
for rehabilitation, the panel
- (1) shall sentence the defendant within the presumptive range required under AS 12.55.125
or as permitted under AS 12.55.155;
- (2) shall order the defendant under AS 12.55.015
to engage in appropriate programs of rehabilitation; and
- (3) may provide that the defendant is eligible for discretionary parole under AS 33.16.090
during the second half of the sentence imposed under this subsection if the defendant successfully completes all
rehabilitation programs ordered under (2) of this subsection.
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