Sessions Gives Death Penalty Directive for Gross/Denaldi Murder Suspect John Pearl Smith

Sessions Gives Death Penalty Directive for Gross/Denaldi Murder Suspect John Pearl Smith

Following the decision and directive by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska has filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against 32-year-old John Pearl Smith II of Palmer for the murders of Ben Gross and Crystal Denardi. According to the press release issued […]

Palmer Man Faces Possible Federal Death Sentence if Convicted of Gross/Denardi Murders

Palmer Man Faces Possible Federal Death Sentence if Convicted of Gross/Denardi Murders

A Palmer man, indicted on Thursday by a Federal Grand Jury faces life in prison or the Federal death penalty if convicted for the murders of Wasilla residents Ben Gross and Crystal Denardi in early June of last year, acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today. According to the indictment handed down, 30-year-old John Pearl […]

Troopers Say Their Suspect in the Gross/Denardi Killings is in Federal Custody

Troopers Say Their Suspect in the Gross/Denardi Killings is in Federal Custody

Alaska State Troopers say that they have developed a suspect in the June 5th double homicide and arson that occurred at 7350 West Coal Road near Wasilla. Killed in that incident were 30-year-old Crystal Denardi and 43-year-old Ben Gross. That suspect, who remains un-named, is currently in custody on unrelated federal charges, and charges in […]