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A Quinhagak man has been found guilty of second degree murder, multiple counts of assault, and first degree robbery for 2019 crime

The Nunalleq dig site is located just off the beach on the Bering Sea coast near Quinhagak. A portion of the site has already eroded into the sea. The threat from erosion increases each year as the warming climate worsens storm surges.
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KYUK
A beach near Quinhagak, Alaska.

A Quinhagak man has been found guilty of second degree murder, multiple counts of assault, and first degree robbery. The incident happened in 2019. The trial took three weeks, and a Bethel jury issued the verdict on March 25.

A statement from the Attorney General’s office says that Frank E. Nelson, age 31, received the convictions after assaulting Jesse Britton, age 53, in Quinhagak in 2019 over a dispute involving $100. Britton died about a month later from his injuries after weeks in critical care. Prosecutors say that Nelson later assaulted three police officers with a shotgun.

Following the verdict, Nelson was taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel. He will be held without bail, with a sentencing hearing scheduled for June 27 before Judge Terrence Haas, who could sentence him to as many as 99 years in prison.

Anna Rose MacArthur is the KYUK News Director. She has worked at KYUK since 2015 and previously worked at KNOM in Nome, Alaska.
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