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Alaska Man Gets 99-year Sentence for Officer's Murder

March 02, 2015  | 

Photo of Officer Thomas Madole: Alaska State Troopers
Photo of Officer Thomas Madole: Alaska State Troopers

Leroy B. Dick Jr., 44, of Manokotak was sentenced to 99 years in jail for killing unarmed Alaska Village Public Safety Officer Thomas Madole on March 19, 2013, reports the Alaska Dispatch News.

A jury convicted Dick of first-degree murder of an on-duty law enforcement officer at a trial in Dillingham last November. Dick had admitted to killing Madole on several occasions after he was taken into custody, and his lawyers never disputed during the trial that he had done so. Rather, they asked the jury to find Dick guilty of a lesser-included charge of second-degree murder.

The conviction of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer likely sealed Dick's fate behind bars. Alaska's Legislature set a mandatory 99-year prison sentence for that crime.

"Society," said Assistant Attorney General Gregg Olson, who prosecuted the case, has "asked law enforcement officers to walk into harm's way," and he noted that village public safety officers do so unarmed.

Luan Madole said she believed that had her husband been armed that day, the outcome might have been different.

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kevCopAz @ 3/2/2015 8:54 PM

I am still amazed that even these tribal/village officers are unarmed. In the wilds of Alaska everyone is armed (rightfully so), this makes zero sense to me. The bravery of these folks and the dedication to their community goes without question. We should have more folks like them. Since I do not live in there I assume these are volunteers of some kind for the extreme rural areas?

D. Edward @ 3/2/2015 8:54 PM

All sworn law enforcement officers on duty should always be armed. The concept of an Andy Griffith Sheriff idealogy is a myth that won't work in today's society.

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/7/2015 9:26 AM

Sadly, any Alaskan governor can still commute the sentence and let the murderer out at any time. There was no justice served in this case.
The Village Officer program is a volunteer program with minimal training. They are intended to alert State Troopers of problems in a given Village but not to take direct action themselves. It's not right, but that is how the program works.

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