An Anchorage man allegedly involved in gang activities was sentenced to 19 years in prison Friday after escaping from a halfway house in January and carjacking his ex-girlfriend and her infant.
United States District Court Judge Sharon Gleason passed down the sentence to 25-year-old Andrea Lavelle Vickers, who pleaded guilty to charges of Escape and Carjacking after entering a plea agreement with prosecution in March 2014.
Vickers was finishing a prior sentence for a firearms violation when he ran away from the Cordova Center halfway house in Anchorage on January 4, 2014. Local law enforcement were unable to locate Vickers until a week later on January 11, when he police received a 911 call about a kidnapping.
According to court documents, Vickers abducted his ex-girlfriend, 19, and her infant child, and in the process forcibly took control of her vehicle. Karen Loeffler, U.S. District Attorney for the State of Alaska, says the woman was able to convince Vickers to drop off the child at a friend's house, instead of following through on threats to throw the infant out the window. Once at the residence, the ex-girlfriend alerted her friend to the abduction.
Anchorage police spotted Vickers' car, Loeffler stated in a release, and pursued the fleeing vehicle, reaching speeds of 85 mph. After running a red light, Vickers crashed into another vehicle, injuring his ex-girlfriend and the two female occupants of the other vehicle. Vickers fled on foot from the scene of the accident and was apprehended by APD a short while later.
While in jail awaiting trial, Vickers reportedly called his ex-girlfriend numerous times "to threaten or otherwise persuade her to drop charges against him and change her story," according to Loeffler.
According to court documents, Judge Gleason stated the reasoning behind the sentencing involved Vickers' history of threatening others, the bodily harm of the three victims, and his attempt to obstruct justice by fleeing. Vickers has been arrested and convicted of multiple felony firearms violations, assault, and breaking numerous protective orders.