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Press Release

Sentencing for man convicted of stabbing and attempted stabbing of Anchorage police officers

August 29, 2019

(Anchorage) – Because of the media interest in this case, the Department of Law is providing notice of the upcoming sentencing hearing for Edward Thompson on August 30, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 603.

In April, an Anchorage jury found Thompson guilty of Assault in the First Degree and two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree. For more information, see the prior press release on Thompson’s trial.

The charges stem from Mr. Thompson’s stabbing and attempted stabbing of three uniformed APD officers in a Spenard parking lot.

In his sentencing memorandum, Assistant District Attorney Daniel Shorey outlines Mr. Thompson’s criminal history dating back to 1982, when he was eighteen years old, detailing 16 felonies and 18 misdemeanors for which he has since been convicted. Calling Mr. Thompson an extremely dangerous person with no prospects for rehabilitation, Assistant District Attorney Shorey has asked the court to sentence Mr. Thompson to the maximum allowed 40 years, emphasizing it is “absolutely critical to isolate Mr. Thompson from the public.”

APD Officers Keo Fugimoto, Nathan Keays, and George Vrablik are expected to participate in the hearing.

CONTACT: Anchorage Assistant District Attorney Daniel Shorey at (907) 269-6300 or daniel.shorey@alaska.gov.

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Department Media Contact: Senior Assistant Attorney General Cori Mills at (907) 465-2132 or cori.mills@alaska.gov.