- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 27-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for a 2013 crime spree that left three people severely injured.

Alejandro Aulman was sentenced Thursday for nine counts of assault, seven counts of robbery, three counts of burglary and one count of theft. He was handed an additional two years for breaking his probation conditions from separate cases, reported The Alaska Dispatch News (https://bit.ly/1fa3Thl ).

Aulman was already in jail when a grand jury handed up his list of charges. He had allegedly attacked a woman who accepted a ride from him in a Fairview neighborhood and then shot her in the hand.

According to the state’s sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday, Aulman committed several robberies at homes and businesses before the shooting.

Aulman gave a sworn statement to the court as part of a plea deal. In a summary of the statement, he said on Jan. 2, 2013, he “knocked on the door at the home of an elderly man I had not previously met named Robert Pettit . with the intention of using force to steal from him.”

During Thursday’s sentencing, Pettit said the man who appeared on his doorstep had a gun sticking out of his pocket when he asked to use his phone. The 84-year-old said he didn’t think much about it, but decided to arm himself before returning to the door with the phone.

Pettit, who said he doesn’t remember what happened next, woke up with his face covered in blood. Six-hundred dollars Pettit had stored in a cooler was missing, as well as his gun and the $2 he had in his pocket.

Aulman’s statement says he tried to rob a Subway that same day. In the following days, he tried to rob two other restaurants and a hotel.

On Jan. 11, 2013, Aulman knocked on 76-year-old Sarah Upton’s front door. He told her his car broke down and asked to use her phone. Once inside, he repeatedly hit her with the gun he had taken from Pettit. Upton said the beating “felt like a personal attack.”

Superior Court Judge Philip Volland said Aulman’s unprovoked, violent actions warranted such a lengthy sentence.

“From an outside perspective, everyone will think I’m a monster. I wish they could see my mind and heart,” Aulman said in conclusion.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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