ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three people were sentenced Friday for their involvement in a shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy in 2009. Friends of the victims and shooter gave impact statements in court.
Oscar LaJoie, 31, the shooter, was sentenced to 48 years with 20 suspended for second-degree murder and two counts of assault. Chad Zurfluh was sentenced to eight years with four suspended for criminally negligent homicide, burglary and two charges of assault. Jaeleen Zurfluh, who drove the two to and from the shooting, was sentenced to 24 months with 15 suspended.
In March 2009, teens started fighting at a warehouse party. Investigators say Chad Zurfluh left the party to get backup. He returned with LaJoie, who had a gun.
"He said Chad wanted to go in and fight and Oscar said his purpose in shooting the handle off the door was to keep Chad from going into the warehouse," said Detective Pamela Perrenoud.