Woman sentenced for gun charge after fleeing Northway Mall shooting

Jessica Malcom in Anchorage court, January 2018.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A California woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for gun charges connected to a shooting earlier this year at a children's trampoline park at the Northway Mall in Anchorage.

Jessica Payge Malcolm, 27, of California, was sentenced to federal prison time followed by three years on supervised release for illegally possessing a firearm as a felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

The shooting took place on January 27, 2018, when Anchorage Police responded to the Northway Mall for a reports of shots fired from a vehicle. "Witnesses in the area described individuals shooting from a white sedan at a red SUV," charging documents stated.

APD officers saw the red SUV in the ditch nearby and suspects running from the area. Police contacted the driver of the car, who told police she was in her vehicle with three friends when "another car pulled up to them and began to fire shots at them. She drove away, crashing into the ditch."

Police say they found three other individuals who were in the car including Malcolm. She told police that she had been in Alaska for around two weeks visiting family and that she had met the two men riding in the car on social media a week ago.

According to Malcolm, they had left the mall when a white sedan pulled up to them. Malcolm says she spotted the gun and fled towards the red SUV. The party allegedly attempted to flee as bullets were fired at them.

When contacted by the police Malcolm admitted to having a Glock .45 caliber handgun with a 30 round magazine on her waistband. Police say as a convicted felon out of California, Malcolm is not allowed to possess handguns.

Malcom was arraigned on the felony, and during a pretrial assessment, was found to be "a low risk," and she was released before a pre-indictment hearing on the condition that she not possess firearms or leave the state of Alaska.

However, Malcom did leave Alaska, fleeing back to California and failing to appear in court on the state charges filed in Alaska.

According to prosecutors, the case was then referred for federal prosecution, and Malcolm was subsequently located and arrested in California. Malcolm has five prior felony convictions in California for burglary, forgery, and fraud related offenses, and was therefore not allowed to have a gun.



 
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