SUV crash case continued to Feb. 23

The Alaska Courthouse in Cordova. (Dec. 8, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

The case of a Cordova man accused of manslaughter has been continued to Feb. 23 as negotiations are underway to avoid a trial. At a Tuesday, Dec. 8 pre-trial conference, Moshe Zorea, an attorney representing the accused, said state attorney Glenn Shidner had recently made a proposal that could resolve the case.

The earliest possible date for a trial would be March 15, Assistant District Attorney Jordyn Caldwell said. Proceedings were previously delayed due to technical issues with audio evidence and due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Jesse James Jones, 51, of Cordova, was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, driving under the influence, and misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree following an Oct. 8, 2019 SUV rollover into Eyak Lake in which Jones’s passenger, Andrey Plisko, died.

Nov. 5, Jones was arrested after an electronic alcohol monitoring device notified police that alcohol consumption had occurred. Jones was subsequently charged with violating conditions of release for a felony, itself a class A misdemeanor.