#Superior Court

Downs sentenced to 75 years for murder and assault of Sophie Sergie in Fairbanks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A Fairbanks judge handed down sentencing today for the 1993 murder and sexual assault of Alaska Native woman Sophie Sergie. Superior Court Judge Thomas Temple sentenced Maine resident Steven Downs to 67 years for murder and eight years for sexual assault of the young woman, concluding an investigation and trial that spanned nearly three decades.

DA: After plea, Asheville man sentenced to 5-plus years in Pisgah View stabbing death

ASHEVILLE - A man charged in a 2018 stabbing will spend around the next five to seven years in prison, according to the Buncombe County District Attorney's office. Cecil Ambroise Thorpe, 57, of Asheville pleaded guilty in Buncombe County Superior Court to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter. In January 2018, he was charged with second-degree murder in the Pisgah View death of 39-year-old Justin Digiacomo. The Citizen Times previously reported that officers found Digiacomo, an Asheville resident since 2008, with a wound to his upper torso. He died at the scene.