Brookins v. State

In Brookins v. State, 600 P.2d 12 (Alaska 1979) the statute at issue was former AS 11.15.295, which provided that a person who used or carried a firearm during the commission of a robbery was guilty of an aggravated felony and faced a minimum sentence of 10 years' imprisonment. The issue was whether this statute applied to defendants who were convicted of attempted robbery. The supreme court held that even though the statute could arguably be interpreted either way, the "public policy against use of a firearm in either an attempted or a completed robbery" led to the conclusion that the statute should apply to attempts. (Brookins, 600 P.2d at 17.)