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1/12/2018
Timmerman to serve 10 days in jail

By ZACHARY HALASCHAK
Daily News Staff Writer

Former Ketchikan School Board Member David L. Timmerman, 47, will be serving 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors and having a felony charge dropped.

Timmerman was arrested in late September. He had served on the School Board in the past, and was looking to get a seat back on the School Board in 2017, but was arrested just four days before the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s municipal elections.

Timmerman was originally charged with a misdemeanor assault charge and a felony charge associated with alleged witness intimidation.

Some of the original charges stem from a confrontation Timmerman had with an individual who was a key witness in a separate case involving his mother-in-law, Constance V. Cox, 60.

That key witness is wheelchair-bound, and had called police on Sept. 29, alleging that Timmerman had confronted him.

According to the police report on the incident, Timmerman was driving down Tongass Avenue when he saw the witness and “drove his orange Volkswagon … right up to the curb and nearly struck his wheel chair.”

Ketchikan Police Department Sgt. Andy Berntson told the Daily News back in October that the witness had felt threatened by Timmerman’s actions.

Timmerman was also facing two other charges against him in a separate case involving a domestic violence restraining order filed on Nov. 11.

Judge Kevin Miller adjudicated charges from both cases when sentencing Timmerman on Jan. 5.

Out of the four charges in the two cases, Timmerman pleaded guilty to one count of assault in the fourth degree and one count of violating a protective order — both Class A misdemeanors.

In turn, prosecution dismissed the felony charge of witness intimidation as well as the minor charge of violating conditions of release, according to court documents.

Miller sentenced Timmerman to 100 days, 90 suspended, for the assault charge, and placed him on probation for 18 months.

Timmerman received 30 days, 20 suspended and two years of probation for the charge of violating a domestic violence protective order. According to court documents, the 10 days of unsuspended jail time in that count may be converted to 80 hours of community work service.

In addition to the time Timmerman received during sentencing, he also must pay a $100 in police training surcharges and $300 in jail surcharges, with $200 suspended.

Timmerman did not end up winning a seat on the School Board during last year’s municipal elections.

According to court documents, Timmerman must report to the Ketchikan Correctional Center on Feb. 13 to begin serving his time.