- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 25-year-old Anchorage man will spend 19 years in a federal prison after being convicted of escape and carjacking.

The U.S. attorney’s office on Friday said U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason sentenced Andrea Lavelle Vickers in Anchorage. He had earlier pleaded guilty to the charges.

Authorities say he was at a halfway house in Anchorage when he escaped Jan. 4. A week later, prosecutors say he abducted his former girlfriend and her infant child, claiming he would take them to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. He said he planned to kill her and burn her body.

She convinced him to let her drop the child off at a friend’s home, where she had a friend call police. Later, while the two were driving on the Glenn Highway, police began a chase. He exited the highway at Boniface, ran the red light and stuck a vehicle. He took off on foot before police caught him. He still faces state charges for the pursuit and crash.

Prosecutors said that during previous court hearings, Vickers had acknowledged being a member of at least two Anchorage gangs. They also said he sports numerous gang-related tattoos.

“Mr. Vickers, though young, is and was a violent gang member who preyed on the community through violence and intimidation as reflected in the very significant sentence imposed by Judge Gleason,” U.S. Attorney for Alaska Karen Loeffler said in a statement.

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