Fairbanks man changes plea to attempted murder charge

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002

FAIRBANKS - A man who fired at an Alaska State Trooper during a stolen vehicle investigation in December will serve 26 years in prison after pleading no contest Friday to attempted murder and other charges.

Timothy "Chad" Lobdell, 24, was scheduled to go to trial Monday.

A plea agreement with prosecutors dismissed two weapons misconduct charges in exchange for Lobdell pleading no contest to attempted murder, weapons misconduct and attempted burglary.

The agreement stipulated Lobdell will serve 20 years in prison for the charges, plus six years for probation violations in earlier cases, including a 1997 incident in which he pointed a gun at Fairbanks police officers.

According to troopers, Lobdell on Dec. 17 stole a 1997 Dodge Neon and got it stuck in a ditch in front of a home. A woman inside called troopers after someone knocked on her door.

As Lobdell rocked the car back and forth, trying to move it, Trooper Michael Wery drove up behind him. Wery ordered Lobdell to get out of the vehicle, but Lobdell refused and fired a round at Wery, who fired back.

Lobdell fled into the woods and was found about 500 yards from the vehicle, suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, frostbite and hypothermia. Wery was uninjured.

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