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Two Delta Junction residents were charged with burglary, robbery, and theft following an alteration between family members. According to court documents, 66-year-old Sherry Decker and her son, 41-year-old Jacob Decker have both been charged with Burglary in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, and Theft in the Second Degree, all felonies.

In addition, Jacob Decker was charged with Assault in the Second Degree, a felony, and Assault in the Fourth Degree, a misdemeanor. Sherry Decker was charged with Hindering Prosecution in the First Degree, a felony.

Troopers originally reported that they responded on Dec. 26 to a local hotel/apartment complex for the report of a disturbance. Based upon information obtained at the time, no arrests were made. The following day troopers continued their investigation and determined that Jacob Decker had assaulted a family member and committed acts of assault, burglary, theft, and robbery and that Sherry Decker was involved in the burglary, theft, and robbery and had hindered prosecution. Both were arrested and transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center and held without bail.

According to online reports, both were released on Dec. 28 at approximately 2 p.m. by court order. At the time no formal charges were filed against either individual.

The affidavit provided by troopers on Dec. 31 was further reviewed by the district attorney’s office and on Jan. 4, formal charges were filed, and arrest warrants were issued for both Deckers.

According to the affidavit filed by troopers, they responded to a residence at the Richardson Apartments about 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 26 where they found the victim who stated Jacob had entered her apartment, assaulted her, and taken her phone while Sherry Decker had entered the apartment and had filmed the event with her phone.

Both Jacob and Sherry Decker denied entering the apartment.

After the follow-up interview with the victim on Dec. 27, Jacob Decker was arrested and taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Approximately 9:30 that night, troopers responded again to the Richardson Apartments regarding another disturbance. Troopers say they found Sherry Decker again on the property and interviewed her where she admitted to entering the victim’s apartment the day before and recording the incident, and that she had lied to troopers the previous day.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at