Man gets 2 years for swinging ax at Midtown gas station
A man accused of threatening people with an ax at a Midtown gas station in November has pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge.
Jeffery Patterson, a 51-year-old who originally faced several charges including assault, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, was sentenced to serve two years for one count of third-degree assault.
KTVA previously reported Anchorage police said officers responded to the Holiday gas station on the 800 block of East Tudor Road around 10 p.m. on Nov. 26.
“We had an adult male that was reported swinging an ax at citizens,” APD communications director MJ Thim said at the time. “As we got to the scene, we got a report that he had run off into the woods.”
Police were later able to captured Patterson, according to Thim. Patterson didn't strike anyone, but did hit several plastic containers and at least one vehicle.
At the time of his arrest, Patterson scored a 9 on his risk assessment. The highest possible score is 10.
During a November court appearance, Patterson told the judge he wanted to plead guilty and represent himself in the case, but the judge said he wasn't able at the time to make a guilty plea to a felony. She said she would give him a few days to think about having an attorney.
Patterson did not make any statements during his change of plea hearing Friday.
Damage from the incident was estimated to be about $1,500. As part of the plea agreement, Patterson will pay restitution in an amount yet to be determined.
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