Palau national sentenced to 11 years in prison for May carjacking

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A 26-year-old man from Palau has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars for stealing an Anchorage woman's car at gunpoint in May.

Cordy Martin was sentenced in federal court Friday after pleading guilty in August to the carjacking. Martin faces 11 years in jail, followed by five years of supervised release.

Nichole Stachelrodt, 23, recounted in May that she was walking to work around 5:45 a.m. at the Alaska Native Medical Center when Martin pointed a gun at her and demanded her keys.

After stealing her car, Anchorage police said Martin then sped across town and drove on the wrong side of the road before colliding with another car. He ran away and hid before being found by an APD K-9, according to Anchorage police.

In a message to Channel 2, Stachelrodt said she is "hoping for the best for him to turn his life around" and that she feels that "justice was served." She said that she will always carry around the trauma of the carjacking.