A Tlingit Indian teenager who was banished to an island three months ago for beating a pizza deliveryman will not be charged for cursing and threatening a dentist, authorities said.

Adrian Guthrie, 18, was brought to a Ketchikan clinic from his island cabin to have his wisdom teeth removed a week ago.Guthrie told police his tooth began to hurt during the surgery and dentist Brett Bass didn't promptly halt the operation to further anesthetize him. Guthrie said he lost his head and shouted obscenities and threats at Bass, a police report said.

Stephen West, assistant district attorney in Ketchikan, said Thursday the state wouldn't file charges, but he wouldn't elaborate on the reason. Clinic officials had said that nobody there wanted to press charges.

An Alaska tribal court in September sentenced Guthrie to a year to 18 months on an uninhabited Southeast Alaska island as an alternative to regular criminal sentencing for a Washington robbery.

Had Guthrie been charged with a crime in the clinic incident, he would have violated a Washington judge's order that allowed for the tribal punishment and faced resentencing for the beating. He probably would have received jail time.

View Comments

Guthrie and his cousin, Simon Roberts, both originally from Alaska, pleaded guilty in May to robbing and beating the pizza deliveryman with a baseball bat in Everett, Wash. Roberts also was banished to an island.

Join the Conversation
Looking for comments?
Find comments in their new home! Click the buttons at the top or within the article to view them — or use the button below for quick access.