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More arrests in Thunderbird Falls execution death


A 19-year-old male and two juveniles, a male and female, are under lock and key in connection with the death of Cynthia Hoffman, age 19, who was executed at Thunderbird Falls in Chugiak last week.

Caleb Leyland, 19, is accused of providing the vehicle for murder suspects Kayden McIntosh, age 16, and Denali Brehmer, age 18.

He is also now accused of sexually assaulting the female suspect, facing charges of Sexual Assault 1 and Sexual Abuse of a Minor 2.

[Read: Young woman killed execution style]

Leyland faces Murder 1 and Conspiracy to Commit Murder 1. The two juvenile suspects were transported to McLaughlin Youth Center. Charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

[Read: Second suspect arrested in execution at Thunderbird Falls]

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Rape and murder among our youth. Sad.

  • What in the actual hell?

  • This sickness is the result of the far too entitled narcissistic youth our society produces Messed up or uninvolved parents. Time to go back to a decent society with hard work without participation trophies, morals (Judeo-Christian values) and ditch social media. We want a better world for our kids/grandkids? That’s a place to start.

    • Agree.

    • ??? preach it

  • Can we say that Liberalism is ruining our youth?

    • If you’re a dip whose first reaction to a tragedy is to blame people with different political views than yours, go ahead.

      • Not sure what you mean. Liberalism is more than a political view. Entitlement. Enabling. Removing absolute values from education and child rearing. Lessening consequences for law breaking. Abuse of Meaning of civil rights. If it feels good do it. Sexual revolution. Abortion. Lack of sanctity of life. The list is quite lengthy and can be added to. All introduced, promoted, and used by liberal agenda. That agenda is not limited to a particular political party.

    • I would absolutely say that. Liberalism is ruining our youth and families. There.

      • If it wasnt for liberalism this would still be a segregated and I wouldnt have the right as a Black man to make this comment.

        • Hey “black man”, it was Republicans who freed the slaves. MLK was a Republican. It was Democrat’s who were slave owners, KKK and Jim Crow. Haha

          • What bull. Everybody’s aware of the Southern Strategy, except for Trumptards like you, who apparently have dropped out of compulsory education somewhere around the eighth grade. Who the hell are you attempting to convince?

      • Liberalism kills all it touches.

    • If it wasnt for liberalism this would still be a segregated and I wouldnt have the right as a Black man to make this comment.

      • I use the term “leftistist”. As in Democrats. The same Democrats that are the party of slavery, Dred Scott decision, the KKK, the bitter opponents of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, the first gun control laws designed to oppress newly freed slaves, Jim Crow laws, resegregation of the military and Civil Service under virulent racist Woodrow Wilson, poll taxes, separate but equal, the forerunner of Planned Parenthood started by Hillary’s racist hero Margaret Sanger who wanted legalized abortion for the express purpose of exterminating black babies and a host of other ways designed to oppress and exterminate blacks. And when racist laws, firehoses and Democrat Bull Conner’s police dogs became untenable, Democrats came up with a new strategy of stripping blacks of their dignity and destroying their families with welfare, Section 8 housing and food stamps. Democrats have never abandoned their racist oppression of blacks, they just switched tactics in the 1960s. Not only have they destroyed black families, but now they are hell-bent on destroying the entire country with their lawlessness when it comes to immigration and soft-on-crime attitude. So the next time you see a smug white Democrat tell you how they’re for black people, don’t you believe it. Learn your history and wake up to the truth.

        • Oh, FFS. Another moron who assumes we’re all similarly high school dropouts and without the benefit of a rigorous education that wasn’t comprised of Facebook memes and Prager U vids.

      • There is “liberalism” and there is “progressivism”. I agree that “liberalism” overthrew segregation but “progressivism” is what she really means and an example of that is Woodrow Wilson who re-segregated the military and US government and is a stalwart hero of the Democrat Party.

  • It is time to correct the Penalty Laws shortcomings. They all should be tried, treated as adults.

    The current definition of juvenile is not working. For a one time non violent offender it is acceptable as that was its intent. For repeat and violent offenders it needs to rewritten to help remedy the problems of society.

  • “When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out,people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.Altho a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know it will go better with those who fear God,who are reverent before him,yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them and their days will not lengthen like a shadow. Ecc 8:11

  • How sad is that when they gang up on a person, rape, duct tape, basically torture a helpless girl——
    May carmaker get them!!!!! Sad!!!!

    • First reaction to the photos of the perpetrators on ADN was “demon spawn.” So sad this society has come to youngsters murdering youngsters. Heartbreaking. May we in our lifetime return to some semblance of values and respect for human life. It didn’t start with these kids!

  • If you need a scapegoat for this sort of diabolical disaster – something beyond the abject failure of parenting, the amoral schooling, and generally absent concept of the value of life (even their own) that plagues these kids – then I will give you one. Everyone who voted to put our state awash in a tidal wave of pot now bears some level of blame for the runaway violence that is vomiting out of our youth under age 25.

    Do an honest study of the studies now coming out connecting pot use to violence (“Imprimis” Jan. 2019, Vol. 48, No. 1 for starters), read the police reports, get honest admissions from the kids in prison (as I do on a weekly basis as a chaplain) and face the music. We needed another “legal,” easily available, brain damaging chemical saturating our battlefield (as alcohol and nicotine already were) like we need another dead teen. Those of you of the so-called “conservative/libertarian” bent who gave us these days of “stigma-free” pot use need to quit trying to legalize drugs that damage the brains of teens just so you can have your self-centered pursuit of a high.

    • Well said, Steve. Blessings to you. Amen.

    • I agree Steve! Our state along with others that have legalized/commercialized this “harmless drug” shrug the actual research. Have you read “Tell your children the Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence” by Alex Berenson? if not you should!

      I have background in substance abuse specifically marijuana and used to have these “libertarian” views on weed. I don’t anymore since I’ve seen and studied case after case of marijuana induced psychosis and other mental illness that is directly related to pot!

      • Jeff. The problems reflected in today’s society Is not from cannabis. The pharmaceutical institutions in America run for profit. (not much incentive to provide a cure) These company’s do much more harm then is being talked about in the news or anywhere else. Did you know Ablify was the #1 pharmaceutical drug in America sold in 2018 making 18.12 billion dollars, Abilfy is an anti psychotic medication. Doctors are paid to recommend to people. most who are not even psycho.They prescribe it’s for “depression” or other issues like bi-polar ect. I have seen first hand people slowly lose there mind from medications like abilfy The point i’m getting to . The solution society offers to treat things like depression or insomnia. creates more problems and psychosis then before taking.example “common side effects from abilfy include suicidal thoughts , headaches nausea, vomiting, changes in appetite, constipation, drooling, anxiety, feeling restless. all for depression?? people are looking for solutions and big pharma is only interested in profit and is taking advantage of people’s health

  • I think we are beginning to see the first generation of kids who have.been doped up with drugs to control their behavior reaching the teen years of raging hormones. Too many children who didn’t conform to some teachers “behavior” standard has been fed drugs with no idea of the long term effects of those drugs on growing brains. A lot of these kids have been fed drugs since grade school to change their behavior. How many lawsuits are there now due to harmful drugs handed out like candy ? What makes anyone think that they could have any idea of the long term effects of these drugs? They don’t know. They can’t know, these kids are the guinea pigs.

  • How did this get sidetracked from the tragedy that occurred for everyone involved…. point fingers everywhere but right here in our own communities. We’ve failed these kids

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