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Fairbanks man charged with stealing loader pleads guilty

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Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012 11:58 pm | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man was sentenced to serve three months in jail last month for the theft of a John Deere loader from a construction site during the summer.

Jason Alan Kornack, 27, had already served most of his sentence when he was sentenced Oct. 17 and was released from Fairbanks Correctional Center on Oct. 25. As part of a plea agreement he pleaded guilty to second-degree felony theft. He was originally charged with first-degree theft.

At the time of his arrest on Aug. 27, an Alaska State Trooper wrote in a charging document that Kornack was found asleep on Miller Hill Extension in a loader that had been reported stolen hours before from a construction site on University Avenue.

He admitted using a pair of scissors to start the machine, according to the complaint.

Troopers also accused him of being under the influence of heroin, but he was never charged with driving under the influence.

According to court log notes, Kornack had no prior felony convictions. He is a union carpenter, his lawyer said at his court hearing.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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