Shooting in Anchorage yields 30 years in jail

Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A man who previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder was sentenced to 30 years in prison after fatally shooting a drinking acquaintance.

Roger Perkins, 47, was sentenced on Friday. He pleaded guilty to shooting Elmer Patrick on a South Anchorage bike path in April 2008 after the pair, who had never met, were drinking with a third man.

The group was hanging out along the popular Campbell Creek trail when Perkins pulled a .45-caliber pistol from his shoulder holster. Perkins put the gun to Patrick's head and asked wouldn't it be bad, "If this gun went off?" Patrick was later found by a passer-by bleeding from his head.

Perkins claimed he didn't know why the gun discharged. He was also sentenced to 10 years probation.

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