Felony charges dropped for Kodiak chiropractor | Local News – Kodiak Daily Mirror

9June 2020

A Kodiak chiropractic physician who was charged with several attacks in February 2019 has had those charges dropped, and has actually instead been found guilty of a misdemeanor for disorderly conduct and developing hazardous conditions.

The initial charges against Christopher Twiford for apparently assaulting his partner included 2nd degree attack, a felony; four counts of felony 3rd degree assault; misdemeanor 4th degree attack; and misdemeanor fourth degree misbehavior involving a weapon.

The common sentence for the disorderly conduct charge is 24 hours in jail, however Twiford was offered the benefit of time he has currently served. For that reason, he will not serve extra jail time but is required to pay $150 in surcharges.With a misdemeanor charge, Twiford will have the ability to go back to his chiropractic practice. Twiford's attorney, Wally Tetlow, said his client rejected utilizing a firearm throughout the event. The court

also dismissed a Feb. 24 offense of conditions of release. The conditions had actually stipulated that Twiford could not consume alcohol and that he should take a preliminary breath test when directed by law enforcement. According to a court affidavit, Twiford's very first breath test yielded a breath alcohol concentration of 0.025, and a second one taken three minutes later on came back with a result of 0.039. According to the state, the victim admitted that she andTwiford both struggled

with concerns related to alcohol. She informed attorneys that she did not want Twiford to lose his license, which could have occurred if he had actually been convicted of a felony. The victim”supplied a lot of info to the state that impacted the

state's decision-making procedure in this resolution,”stated Kodiak District Attorney Gustaf Olson at a hearing on June 2. Following months of settlement, the two parties concerned an arrangement in which the charges versus Twiford were dropped following his conclusion of a domestic violence intervention

program as well as a substance abuse program. According to Tetlow, Twiford likewise began going to Alcoholics Anonymous on his own volition. He is 15 months sober and his licence was suspended pending the result of his case. Tetlow likewise noted that

Twiford has no previous assault charges or convictions.”It is not like he is a domestic violence abuser with a history,”Tetlow said.”This event was absolutely an eye-opener for Mr. Twiford concerning his drug abuse concerns. He has actually done everything in his power ever since to address those problems.”At

the time of the supposed incident, Twiford was a chiropractic doctor with Arctic Chiropractic Kodiak. He was apprehended after presumably attacking his partner and pointing a weapon at her.According

to court files, the female informed officers Twiford struck her with an animal food meal, which led to a concussion. The court files specify that the female had actually been struck a second time after she tried to get up. She was then allegedly pressed back down and had a magnum revolver pointed at her chest. After Twiford put down the firearm, he supposedly got on top of her and put all his weight on her chest, making it difficult for the victim to breath. The affidavit

said that this is “a type of suffocation.”The female said that Twiford then left the room and stumbled to his bedroom. According to the court files, she told officers that Twiford had been consuming continually over a 24-hour duration which she had also taken in a couple of shots of alcohol. At the time, Twiford was slated to begin serving on the Alaska Workers'Compensation Board in

March after being selected by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. However, Twiford's name was right away removed from the board after the guv's office found out of the charges, according to an e-mail from Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow. Source: kodiakdailymirror.com

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