State prosecutors announced Tuesday a Fairbanks grand jury handed down murder charges against the man accused of shooting Fairbanks police Sgt. Allen Brandt last month.
The supplemental indictment against 29-year-old Anthony George Jenkins-Alexie comes after Brandt's death on Friday. Officials said the officer died from complications of eye surgery he underwent following a shooting on Oct. 16 in downtown Fairbanks.
Jenkins-Alexie stands accused of shooting Brandt five times in the legs and once in the chest. Shrapnel from the shot to the officer's bulletproof vest became lodged in his eye.
Jenkins-Alexie now faces one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder, according to an Alaska Department of Law release. He originally faced a first-degree attempted murder charge, as well as charges of assault, theft, vehicle theft and tampering with evidence.
The grand jury also returned a special verdict finding, said Fairbanks District Attorney Gregg Olson. The finding stipulates that Brandt was a uniformed or clearly identifiable peace officer engaged in official duties when he was shot, Olson said.
That distinction would result in a 99-year prison sentence if Jenkins-Alexie is found guilty on the first-degree murder charge and a jury returns the special verdict.
Jenkins-Alexie is scheduled to make a court appearance on Thursday at the Fairbanks Courthouse. He is currently being held on a no-bail condition pending trial.
A police procession carrying the body of Brandt traveled from the State Medical Examiner Office in Anchorage to a waiting plane to be returned home to the Interior's largest city, Fairbanks. Watch the procession here.