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23-year-old to serve two years for assault

A twenty-three year old Sitka man will spend nearly two years in prison, after pleading guilty to a pair of assault charges.

Jeffrey Bettencourt was sentenced by Sitka Superior Court judge David George on Tuesday (2-12-13).

In addition to prison time, Bettencourt was ordered to pay over $29,000 in restitution to the Violent Crimes Compensation Board.

According to court records, Bettencourt and his father, Christopher Bettencourt, went to a Wachusetts St. residence in December of 2010 to reclaim a gun that the younger Bettencourt had allegedly traded for heroin. They were accompanied at the time by 25-year old Lance Smith.

In the ensuing altercation, Smith shot one of the home’s occupants in the arm. Smith and the Bettencourts then fled the scene, and ran their vehicle over the curb in the 1100 block of Edgecumbe Drive. Police later apprehended the Bettencourts at their home.

Lance Smith was previously sentenced to 12 years in prison for his role in the assault, and also ordered to pay $29,000 in restitution.

45-year old Christopher Bettencourt’s case is still pending. His wife, Tina Bettencourt, was sentenced last week to serve 22 months in prison for misconduct in the third degree involving a controlled substance.

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