The convoluted case of a 26-year-old man, Stephen Hansell, who had been a survivor of a mad slasher at Mountain View Elementary School in Anchorage when he was a child, has a new twist.
The young man’s story was highlighted in the Anchorage Daily News, because his Permanent Fund dividend had been garnished since 2014, after his name had been added to a lawsuit relating to the case, which had failed in court.
As a result of that outcome, Hansell’s dividend was taken by the courts to pay for the legal fees for the lawsuit. His parents also had their dividends garnished. The Hansells were caught in an unfair situation they had not created.
Dunleavy read about the case in the ADN, and had advised Attorney General Kevin Clarkson to see what could be done. Simultaneously, Clarkson saw the story and thought something wasn’t right. He and the governor were thinking the same thing.
At the same time, Hansell reached out to Gov. Michael Dunleavy on Facebook, and asked for help. The governor’s staff reached back to Hansell and set up a meeting.
That didn’t take long.
Hansell met with Dunleavy and Clarkson this morning and they told him about the release of the judgment, which took place yesterday. They gave him a folder with the official documents.
To say Hansell was overjoyed is an understatement.
This story will be updated. Check back later.