FAIRBANKS — A 54-year-old Tok woman was sentenced Thursday to 18 months of suspended jail time for her part in a Feb. 2, 2016, weapons, drugs and stolen property case that netted law enforcement 32 firearms, 10 grams of methamphetamine, 49 grams of heroin, 42 morphine tablets, seven OxyContin tablets, gold nuggets and $1,618 in cash.
Alaska State Troopers raided the Tok home of Floyd Julius Stuck, 49, after they heard multiple reports he was involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activity. Stuck was arrested at the scene and charged in federal court with one count of felony weapons possession and in state court with one count each of second- and third-degree weapons misconduct as well as second-, third- and fourth-degree drugs misconduct, all felonies.
Jo Ann Weber, Stuck’s live-in girlfriend, was at home during the raid but was not arrested at the time. A week later, she was charged with one count each of second-, third- and fourth-degree drugs misconduct and one count of second-degree weapons misconduct.
Stuck pleaded guilty in federal court May 19 to being a felon in possession of firearms and was sentenced to serve 64 months in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of felony third-degree weapons in state court May 25 in exchange for a sentence of five years, with three suspended. The rest of his state charges were dropped.
At the time of his state sentencing, Stuck told the court he didn’t want Weber to get a “raw deal” because she was a “good girl” who was a “victim” of his criminal activity.
At her sentencing hearing Thursday, Weber pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree drugs misconduct in exchange for the agreed-upon sentence of 18 months suspended time and three years of probation. All other counts against her were dropped.
When asked by Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy whether she’d been forced, threatened or coerced to enter the plea, Weber, who appeared telephonically from the Tok courthouse, said she “kind of” had been.
“My attorney said if I didn’t take this offer then the next offer would be worse,” Weber said.
McConahy replied that it was up to Weber to accept the plea deal or not.
“I don’t know how current you are on your Thucydides, but he wrote about the Peloponnesian War, and the essence of it simply is, there’s always choice, even in necessity,” McConahy said. “The choice is to accept the plea or to go to trial. I don’t have a problem with any of that, but you do have a choice. I can’t make the decision for you, I can only make sure that you’re making it knowingly and willingly.”
Weber said she just wanted “to get this over with” and it was her own decision to enter the guilty plea.
Assistant District Attorney David Buettner said he thought the plea deal, which was crafted by a prosecutor who has since left the District Attorney’s Office, was “on the lenient side, but it’s on the range of reasonable.”
“Either way, she wouldn’t be looking at jail time because she has no prior felonies,” he said.
Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.