Sentencing delayed in DeSimone murder case

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) After nine months of waiting, the sentence hearing for Mark DeSimone, was continued after a hearing in Superior Court Wednesday.

    The two sides agreed to a delay in the hearing until after the end of May.  The victims family wanted to be present for the hearing and requested the delay so they could finish the school year before coming back to Juneau.

    Judge Philip Pallenberg said Monday, June 17 would be a good date for the hearing.  He set aside the entire day.  The hearing would commence at 9 am.

    DeSimone was convicted on May 11, 2018, of first-degree murder in the shooting of Tony Rosales during a hunting trip on Excursion Inlet.

    The jury deliberated six hours before reaching the verdict.

    The defense claimed it was an accidental shooting.  They argued the revolver used in the shooting did not have needed safety modifications.

    The prosecution argued it was an intentional shooting.  Rosales was shot twice in the head outside a remote cabin.

    Alaska State Troopers investigated the case.  Witnesses testified that DeSimone admitted he had shot the victim.  Both men worked at a Juneau jewelry store and the hunting trip had been arranged by the store owner.

    The sentencing range for first-degree murder is between 20 and 99 years in prison.

     

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