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By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Huff sentenced for kidnap, attempted murder conviction

Evans also set for sentencing Tuesday in Valdez court

 

Photo courtesy Valdez Police

Nicholas Huff booking photo

Nicholas Huff was sentenced in Valdez court Tuesday morning after his February conviction on kidnap and attempted murder charges.

Judge Eric Smith sentenced Huff to 50 years in prison, with 25 years suspended. He faced a presumptive sentencing for as little as five years or as many as 99 years.

The victim read an impact statement to the court prior to sentencing, asking that Huff spend the rest of his life in prison.

"I am here today by the grace of God," Huff's former girlfriend said.

Huff, age 29, was convicted on 16 out of 24 charges -including kidnap and attempted murder - by a Valdez jury during a lengthy trial.

Huff was accused of abducting and then shooting at a former girlfriend, which ended with the defendant shooting himself after a standoff with police.

"His actions were evil," the victim told the court Tuesday morning, "He beat and tortured me."

She said that at the time of the incident she fully believed he was going to kill her and that the scares remain and will for many years to come.

"Huff's violent crimes have affected every aspect of my life," she told the court.

She described her fear during the incident - which lingers today.

"I felt completely helpless and was certain I would die at any second," she said.

Huff declined to address the court as part of the sentencing process.

The victim's father asked the court for the maximum sentence allowed by law.

Valdez Star file photo/Steve Revis

Valdez police stand off with Nicholas Huff outside his parent's home in Alpine Woods in April, 2012.

During the trial, assistant district attorney Eric Senta alleged in April of 2012, Huff hid his car behind a snowbank near a cabin where the victim lived, waiting for her to come home from work. Disguised with a dark coat and a bandana for a mask, Huff approached the victim in her car; she put the car in reverse, hit the gas and that is the first time Huff shot at her. Evidence at the scene revealed the bullet went through the steering column. He later held her hostage at his parent's home in Alpine Woods, where he forced her to watch the movie Corpse Bride, and threatened to kill her after sex.

She later was able to get away after convincing Huff she would not go to police.

Huff's defense attorney, Michael Horowitz of the public defender's office, argued during closing arguments of the trial that the victim's injuries were not life threatening and suggested that no actual crimes were committed during the incident.

During the sentencing hearing Tuesday, Horowitz told the judge that the victim's injuries were minor and that Huff should receive leniency because Huff let the victim go.

"It is not a failed completion of an attempted murder," he argued. "the jury found that Mr. Huff let the victim go."

 

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