Man on parole since August for 2007 murder indicted for gunning man down in Mountain Village in March


Darren Peterson, a resident of Mountain Village, was indicted by a grand jury in Bethel on Tuesday for the shooting death of Larry Andrews of St. Mary’s.

Andrews was shot multiple times in the back, allegedly by Peterson, on March 24 after a group of people had been drinking at a home in Mountain Village, a small community with around 800 residents.

Peterson was charged with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, and one count of third-degree assault. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 11 in Bethel Superior Court before Judge Terrence Haas, and his bail has been previously set at $1 million.

The Tribal Police officers in Mountain Village contacted Alaska State Troopers on March 24 to report the homicide at a residence in Mountain Village and that Peterson had turned himself in and was in custody. Troopers from St. Mary’s post and the Western Major Crimes Unit responded and found Andrews, aged 35, dead with multiple gunshot wounds to his body. It was revealed that Andrews had fled from the home in fear for his life while Peterson was reloading a .22 caliber rifle.

It is worth noting that Peterson had been on parole from a 2008 conviction for the murder of his uncle in 2007, which had occurred while he was drinking with a group of people in Mountain Village. He had been sentenced to 19 years in prison but was released in August.

Currently, Peterson is being held at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.


  1. Revolving Door Judicial system in Alaska and Nationwide. Most murderers have over 20 prior serious offences. Felonies are routinely downgraded to misdemeanors. The “Free Shopping” available to those for the taking diminishes the line from right to wrong.

  2. This happens daily in the United States.

    A Grim, Gruesome, “Groundhog Day”.

    Woman, 31, is stabbed to death in random attack in DC hotel room by career criminal who was out on bond for ARMED ROBBERY: Suspect left covered in blood and trying to light cigarette when cops were called


  3. That scenario has happened many times out in rural Alaska. Drinking, drugs, guns, fight, and murder. Who ever advocated for parole should be held accountable including the parole board.

  4. Well the parole board needs to be heals responsible. But we know they will get a pass. People need to start airing the parole boards for incompetence and negligence.

  5. I was always curious why Alaska doesn’t have the death penalty? What crime has to occur before it’s considered? This guy was OUT ON PAROLE after murdering his uncle. Someone needs to explain that one to me. Now he murdered another man by shooting him in the BACK multiple times. Maybe we should ask the families and friends of the TWO murder victims if now is the time to enact a death penalty?

    • The Alaska I was born in would have dealt with him bush style. He mighta lived, but would wish he hadn’t.

      But that Alaska is well and truly Caulfornicated and gone.

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