PETERSBURG-AK One of three men accused of the 2005 murder of Michael Gerber in Petersburg was sentenced Friday for a much lesser offense.
42-year-old Tom Evenson was sentenced to serve five years in prison after a no contest plea to felony assault. It was part of an agreement Evenson made with the state rather than face a third murder trial. His first two trials had ended with hung juries. The victims mother, Ramona Gerber, saw the deal as far too lenient and unjust. She urged the court to reconsider during Fridays sentencing hearing. Evenson had agreed to the deal back in September, but on Friday he argued the sentence was too long.
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