- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Togiak man was sentenced Friday to 359 years in jail for the brutal beating deaths of an elderly couple and several sexual assaults during the incident. One assault victim was a 2-year-old child.

Jerry Active claimed during Friday’s sentencing that he never received a fair trial, KTUU reported.

“I’ll stand by my innocence until the end,” Active said in the courtroom, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. Active said he blamed the white jury for his conviction after they refused to correctly interpret the evidence.

He was found guilty of 10 felony counts on April 23, including two counts of first-degree murder, multiple counts of sexual assault, sexual abusing a minor and robbery.

Active was 24 when charged with the May 25, 2013, beating deaths of 73-year-old Sorn Sreap and her 71-year-old husband, Touch Chea.

Active was also charged with sexually assaulting Sreap, her 2-year-old family member and her 91-year-old mother, Sreap Yan, who had dementia. Sreap Yan later suffered a stroke and died June 10, 2015. Authorities determined the death was from natural causes, and another murder count was not added to those against Active.

The Associated Press normally doesn’t identify victims of sexual assault, but Sreap’s family appeared in local news media to talk about the case.

Active, a registered sex offender, had been released on probation on the day he broke into the couple’s apartment.

He was still inside the home when the couple’s grandson, his pregnant wife and son arrived home from the movies, authorities said. The grandson fought Active, but the assailant managed to flee. He was arrested nearby wearing only boxer shorts, authorities said.

In June 2013, then-Alaska Atty. Gen. Michael Geraghty acknowledged that prosecutors, corrections officials and a sentencing judge erred in assessing Active’s criminal history.

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