Fairbanks jury convicts man in police officer’s 2016 murder
The man arrested in the fatal 2016 shooting of a Fairbanks Police Department officer was convicted by a jury Thursday on murder charges.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that Anthony Jenkins-Alexie, 31, was found guilty of state charges including first-degree and second-degree murder in the Oct. 16, 2016 shooting of FPD Sgt. Allen Brandt. Brandt had been responding to an early-morning call reporting shots fired, which led him to Jenkins-Alexie.
Federal prosecutors, who filed additional gun charges in the case, said that during the confrontation Jenkins-Alexie shot Brandt six times then stole Brandt’s .45-caliber Glock Model 21 pistol.
Brandt initially survived his injuries, but died later that month due to unexpected complications from eye surgery in Anchorage. His death became a rallying point against state criminal-justice reform measure Senate Bill 91, with his best friend saying at his funeral that Brandt was “demoralized” in the hospital by lawmakers “decriminalizing the behavior of so many lawbreakers.”
According to the Associated Press, prosecutors played a rap song by Jenkins-Alexie during closing arguments. In its lyrics, the defendant referred to a friend fatally shot by Fairbanks police — then said the friend can rest in peace, and that he “got ‘em back.”
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