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Fairbanks Man Sentenced to 59 Years in Assault, Kidnapping

Published On: Mar 14 2014 07:30:00 AM AKDT
Rabinowitz Courthouse

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Fairbanks man Edward Parks, Jr., 41, was sentenced Thursday to 59 years in prison for the 2011 beating and restraint of a woman who was his domestic partner and the mother of several of their children.

Parks was convicted in August 2013 for kidnapping, witness tampering, as well as first-, second-, and fourth-degree assault.

According to prosecutors, Parks drove his victim to a remote part of south Fairbanks in December 2011. That’s where prosecutors say he “brutally beat her to the point where she was forced to lay down in the snow and pretend to be dead.”

Prosecutors say that’s when Parks drove her back to their apartment where he

continued to beat her while she was restrained by belts. They say he also strangled her with the laces from his boots.

The victim suffered three broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and bruising all about her body as a result of the attack.

In court prosecutors showed that the victim begged Parks to take her to the hospital, but Parks refused for two days and didn’t change his mind until his victim agreed not to tell the authorities that he inflicted her injuries. 

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Baldock prosecuted the case.