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Fort Yukon man gets six months jail time in assault

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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 11:33 pm | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - A Fort Yukon man was sentenced to serve a six-month jail sentence for holding a knife to a man’s neck this summer in the Yukon River village.

Orville Baalam, 48, was charged with attempted murder because the victim told Fort Yukon authorities that Baalam held a 6-inch knife to his throat. He also said that while he tried to fight Baalam off that Baalam tried to slice his throat.

By Nov. 1, when Baalam pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of third-degree felony assault as part of a plea agreement, the victim told prosecutors he was satisfied with the agreement, according to court log notes of the hearing. With time off for good behavior, Baalam is scheduled to be released from Fairbanks Correctional Center this morning, according to a booking officer.

During four years of court-supervised probation, Baalam has a probation condition not to possess weapons, including knives, except while engaged in subsistence work.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter:

@FDNMcrime.

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