Anchorage man gets 45-year sentence for rape in woods near downtown

Laurel AndrewsAlaska Dispatch News

An Anchorage resident convicted of raping a woman in the woods in downtown Anchorage in 2011 was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison, according to a press release sent out by the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

Matthew Alexie, 37, was sentenced Monday after being found guilty of the felony charge in September. Alexie had met the victim near the Brother Francis Shelter in downtown Anchorage as she returned to her tent camp in Mountain View. Promising her alcohol, Alexie lured the victim toward woods near Third Avenue. Once in the woods he began to kiss and grope her and then sexually assaulted her. After the assault, he left the victim on the side of Commercial Avenue.

She then approached a woman in a parked car and told the woman she had been raped. The woman called police, who took the victim to the Sexual Assault Multi-Disciplinary Center. DNA evidence was found linking Alexie to the victim.

Alexie was found guilty of the crime in early September after a two-week jury trial. He faced a sentence of  40 to 60 years. Alexie had seven prior convictions, including the 1999 felony conviction of attempted sexual abuse of a minor.

He was sentenced to 60 years in prison with 15 years suspended and 15 years probation by Anchorage Superior Court Judge William Morse.

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