Peter Basargin was convicted of first and second-degree sexual assault in January, but was sentenced for only the first-degree assault conviction, a charge which comes with a presumptive sentence of eight years and a maximum of 30 years.
According to court records, the 14-year-old girl and Basargin had attended a youth gathering together, and afterward, rode home together. Basargin drove in the opposite direction, however, and raped her, despite the girl's attempts to stop him.
Assistant district attorney John Wolfe said after Basargin's conviction that the case was extremely disruptive to the girl's life and the entire tight-knit community, and both jury members and Kenai District Judge Jonathan Link commented on the difficult nature of the case.
Basargin will serve a five-year term before being eligible for parole.