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Wasilla man accused of sexual assault after early release from prison for Colorado murder

PALMER -- A Wasilla resident convicted for his role in a Colorado murder 12 years ago now faces sexual assault charges in Alaska just a few months after he got out of prison early.

Nelson Davis, in an undated offender photo from the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Nelson Davis in 2008 admitted to “finishing the job” in the 2007 death of a homeless acquaintance after a female friend slashed the man’s throat with a knife but then left him on the ground bleeding, according to The Pueblo Chieftain. Davis wasn’t homeless, but he associated with Pueblo’s transient community around the time of the murder. He testified in court that he picked up the knife and stabbed the victim with it.

Davis pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 21 years.

Now 55, he was granted parole in January and released on May 15, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections. His parole runs through May 2024.

Davis went to his parents’ home in Alaska, where he fell under the supervision of Alaska probation officials as part of an Interstate Compact agreement with Colorado.

Davis returned to a small cabin in Wasilla furnished with a bed, table and cot, according to a sworn affidavit filed by Alaska State Troopers investigator Ted Nordgaarden with the new charges.

Troopers say they got a report of a sexual assault at a Wasilla residence at 11:45 p.m. July 29 and found Davis had sexually assaulted a woman he knew.

He asked the victim, a relative, to buy him vodka he wasn’t supposed to have under probation conditions that restrict him from buying, possessing or consuming alcohol, the affidavit says. They drank together.

The victim told investigators that before the assault Davis “recounted how he killed another man and other people in prison,” Nordgaarden wrote. She went to sleep on the cot to avoid more contact and woke up to find Davis pinning her down and pulling off her pants, the investigator wrote. When she protested, he said, “'I am a killer, that’s what I do,’ repeating throughout the assault.”

He also bit her, according to the affidavit.

Davis was arrested July 30 and jailed on felony charges of assault and sexual assault.

If he faces new criminal charges in Alaska, he’ll stay in custody here until the charges are resolved, Colorado corrections spokeswoman Annie Skinner wrote in an email. That includes any sentence served.

His parole came after Davis served at least three-quarters of his sentence and received earned-time credit, Skinner said.

Davis was ordered to report regularly to the Palmer Adult Probation office and allow regular home visits, according to his parole agreement. He was also ordered to complete an anger management program and participate in a drug/alcohol treatment program.

Colorado will place a detainer for him to return to Colorado for parole violation if and when he’s released on the Alaska charges, she said. If or when he goes back to Colorado, his parole would be subject to revocation -- meaning he’d return to prison -- by the Colorado State Parole Board.

Davis is being held at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on $250,000 cash appearance and $250,000 cash performance bonds, with electronic monitoring and house arrest if he makes bail, according to a state courts database.

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