1996 Alaska Shooting Death Case Reviewed

By Beacon Staff

Similarities between cases in Montana and Alaska in which girlfriends of Robert Kowalski were shot in the mouth and killed have prompted Alaska officials to review a 1996 shooting death that had been considered an accident.

Kowalski last week entered a guilty plea in the March 2008 shooting death of 45-year-old Lorraine Kay Morin. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 12.

The circumstances of Morin’s death — being shot in the face after an argument with Kowalski — led prosecutors in Alaska to review the 1996 shooting death of Kowalski’s girlfriend Sandra Perry while the two were vacationing at a lodge in Yakutat, Alaska.

Alaska Assistant Attorney General and cold case prosecutor Pat Gullufsen says the prosecutor apparently didn’t feel he had enough evidence to dispute Kowalski’s claim that the shooting was accidental.