Alaska man sentenced to 40 years in prison
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: On Monday May 16, 2011 Judge Michael Spaan sentenced Ariel Patrick to a 40-year prison sentence, with a 10-year probation. Patrick, an Alaska man, was convicted of beating Jamaal Barras to death outside of an Anchorage bar in September 2007. 
Patrick had fled the country in 2009 when a man he was with was convicted of second-degree murder. Someone who had seen Patrick's picture on the television program "America's Most Wanted" led authorities to Guatemala, where he was captured and extradited to the United States. 
When Patrick was given the opportunity to address Judge Spann he said that "a mix of alcohol and emotions escalated the situation out of control."  He also apologized to the family of the victim, promising that he would be a model prisoner during his time behind bars. "I will someday set an example for other convicts during rehabilitation," Patrick said.
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