Anchorage man convicted of attempted murder in 2018 inmate assault

    The Anchorage Correctional Complex. (Photo Credit: Department of Corrections.)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - 31-year-old Alex Bender was convicted by an Anchorage jury last week on a number of counts relating to his attacking of an inmate while incarcerated.

    The jury last week convicted Bender of one count of first-degree attempted murder, one count of first-degree assault, and one count of second-degree assault for attacking another inmate while incarcerated at Anchorage Correctional Complex in January 2018.

    Evidence at trial showed that on January 12, 2018, Bender attacked the other inmate following a fight with his girlfriend, during which he told her in a recorded phone call he was going to kill someone.

    At trial, Bender admitted to the assault but claimed he did not intend to kill the victim.

    The jury deliberated for 6 hours before reaching its verdict following the 6-day trial.

    Sentencing is scheduled for November 2 before Judge Erin Marston.

    Bender faces a maximum sentence of up to 99 years in prison.

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