Judge sentences Rogers to 309 years

Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009

ANCHORAGE - A Palmer man has been sentenced to 309 years in prison for a December 2007 shooting rampage that killed a university student and wounded two other people.

An Anchorage jury in April convicted Christopher Erin Rogers Jr. of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, robbery, assault, vehicle theft and eluding police.

Rogers killed a 27-year-old University of Alaska Anchorage graduate student, Jason Wenger, as Wenger sat in his vehicle, parked in his driveway.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Superior Court Judge Eric Aarseth during sentencing Friday called the shootings "quite cold-blooded."

Rogers also was convicted last year of using a machete to kill his father and seriously injure his father's fiancee in Palmer a day before the shootings.

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