DeGross v. State

In DeGross v. State, 816 P.2d 212 (Alaska App. 1991) the Court stated that defendants who commit violent crimes -- even a series of violent crimes during one criminal episode -- should normally receive no more than 20 years to serve. Even in the uncommonly aggravated circumstances of DeGross's case -- two armed robberies, culminating in a gun battle with the police in which DeGross's accomplice was killed -- the Court approved a composite sentence of only 30 years.