Felon with history of rural burglaries, escapes, leaves correctional farm

Brian Church is charged with Escape 2 (From Alaska State Troopers)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A 59-year-old inmate has escaped from the Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm on Guernsey Road in Wasilla. It’s not the man’s first time leaving custody.

Troopers say Brian Church walked away from the minimum-security facility between 10 p.m. Thursday night and 2 a.m. Friday morning.
According to an online Trooper Dispatch, Church was last known to be wearing street clothing including jeans and a shirt. He is white, about 6-foot-1 and 205 lbs with brown and gray hair and brown eyes.

Troopers say they don’t think Church has means of transportation or contacts in the area.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Public Safety Dispatch at (907) 352-5401.

The Department of Corrections says Church was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to 10 years for burglary, and then received an additional 12-year sentence for walking away from the Glennwood Center, where he was released to in 2012, and then committing burglary in the 11 days he was gone.

He was expected to be released next in October 2021. DOC Spokesperson Sarah Gallagher says he was in the minimum-security facility because he had followed DOC rules and earned his way back into minimum custody status.

"Mr. Church met all of the criteria necessary to be transferred to Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm," she wrote in an email.

Court records show that Church is now charged with Escape in the second degree, a Class B Felony. The last Alaska criminal case against him is a 2012 burglary near Skwentna. He pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary in the case. Other charges were merged or dismissed in the case.

In 2012 he was also charged with second-degree escape for walking away from the Glennwood Center.

In 2003, he pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary cases in Anchorage and Willow.

In 1997, he pleaded no contest to second-degree escape.

The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reported in 2012 that Church was responsible for a string of burglaries in both the Skwentna and Willow cases, and was found living in other people’s cabins with stolen clothing, bedding, and other items. In some cases, cabin and homeowners returned to find Church still in the cabins.

Read the Frontiersman's full story here.

The Frontiersman says Church’s 1997 escape was also from the Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm.

Church's prison records from the Department of Corrections do not cover that period of time.

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