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IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF ALASKA
TYLER W. HEAVYRUNNER,
) Court of Appeals No. A-9817
) Trial Court No. 4FA-05-1224 Cr
) O P I N I O N
STATE OF ALASKA,
) No. 2128 — December 7, 2007
Appeal from the Superior Court, Fourth Judicial District,
Fairbanks, Randy M. Olsen, Judge.
Appearances: Nelson Traverso, Fairbanks, for the Appellant.
Jenel M. Domke, Assistant District Attorney, and Jeffrey A.
O’Bryant, District Attorney, Fairbanks, and Talis J. Colberg,
Attorney General, Juneau, for the Appellee.
Before: Coats, Chief Judge, and Mannheimer and Stewart,
Tyler W. Heavyrunner enticed a woman to get into his vehicle (on the
pretext that he would give her a ride to the grocery store to get formula for her infant
child), and then he abducted her. Heavyrunner drove the woman to an isolated spot,
bound her with duck tape, assaulted her, and then abandoned her. The victim spent a
1 AS 11.41.300(a)(1)(C) and AS 11.41.210(a)(2), respectively.
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substantial period of time in the cold before she was able to obtain help, and as a result
she developed hypothermia. By the time she arrived at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, her
body temperature had dropped to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the treating
physician, the victim’s hypothermia, coupled with her intoxication, posed a substantial
risk of death.
Heavyrunner ultimately reached a plea agreement with the State. Under the
terms of this agreement, Heavyrunner pleaded no contest to kidnapping