Rabinowitz Courthouse

The Rabinowitz Courthouse in Fairbanks, Alaska, in May 2011.

A Fairbanks woman who reportedly stole a gun from the Rabinowitz Courthouse during a break in her felony assault and weapons misconduct trial Tuesday accepted a plea deal with the state Wednesday morning. 

Tiffany Flenaugh, 29, of Fairbanks, was on trial for an Oct. 21, 2018, case in which she was accused of waving a gun around a local bar and fighting with responding police. The unloaded gun was entered into evidence against her Tuesday morning and placed in an evidence box on a desk in the courtroom.

During a break in the trial, Flenaugh took the gun from the box, replaced it with a pair of headphones and left the courthouse, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. 

The in-court clerk and prosecutor, who were in the room at the time, notified court services officers after they realized the gun was missing. Fairbanks police arrested Flenaugh in front of the courthouse at 11:50 a.m. and took her to Fairbanks Correctional Center. 

Alaska State Troopers, police, court service officers and a K-9 unit searched the parking lot and surrounding area and found the gun next to a utility shed by Golden Heart Park. 

When Flenaugh’s trial resumed Wednesday morning, Fairbanks District Attorney David Buettner accepted a deal in which Flenaugh pleaded guilty to fourth-degree weapons misconduct for a sentence of 360 days suspended time, one year of probation, forfeiture of the firearm, no firearms for the duration of probation, no alcohol, no drugs, no bars or liquor stores, no contact with the named victims in the indictment and a mental health assessment. She also pleaded guilty to the fifth-degree weapons misconduct charge for a maximum sentence of 10 days with 10 days suspended and one year of probation with

the same terms. 

Two other cases were resolved at the same time. Flenaugh pleaded guilty to driving without a license, failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer and providing false information for a 2017 case and to violating conditions of release in a 2018 case. She received a total of 75 days suspended time and one year of probation for those cases. 

Flenaugh’s composite sentence for all three cases is 445 days with 445 days suspended and one year of probation. 

Flenaugh was arraigned Wednesday afternoon via closed circuit TV from prison for felony second-degree theft of a firearm, tampering with physical evidence, fifth-degree weapons misconduct for possessing a firearm in an Alaska Court System building, and violating conditions of release for the case she had been on trial for. 

Flenaugh is being held on a $10,000 bond and will be under house arrest with electronic monitoring if she is able to post bail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 27. 

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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