A man who killed his father with a machete in Palmer before murdering a man and shooting two others in Anchorage in 2007 crime spree has died while in custody, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections.
Christopher Rogers Jr. died at Seward Providence Medical Center Saturday afternoon. DOC did not cite a cause of death.
The 41-year-old was serving a 498-year sentence. Rogers was convicted of one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, one count of first-degree vehicle theft, one count of second-degree theft, one count of cruelty to animals and two counts of violating conditions of his release.
According to Frontiersman archives, on Dec. 2, 2007, Rogers attacked his father, Christopher Rogers Sr., and his father’s fiancée, Elann Moren, with a machete while the couple slept in their Palmer home. Moren testified in 2010 that Rogers Sr. was able to fight his son off just enough to allow Moren to find shelter in a bathroom. When Rogers Jr. went after Moren, the couple’s dog, Bear, tried to protect Moren, and the dog was slashed by Rogers Jr. That led to the animal cruelty charge.
Rogers Sr. died on scene. Moren and the dog survived their injuries.
After the Palmer attack, Rogers took his dad’s pickup, which garnered him a vehicle theft charge, and his dad’s pistol, which earned him a theft charge, and went to Anchorage.
There, he shot three people, wounding two and killing one, Jason Wenger, 27, before Anchorage police rammed a Jeep he had stolen and arrested him. In statements he made to police afterwards, Rogers said he wanted to take as many people with him as he could before police arrested or killed him. He tried to shoot at the officers who arrested him but the gun misfired.
Rogers was handed a sentence of 189 years, 90 days. For the Anchorage end of events, Rogers received a sentence of 309 years in prison after he was convicted of murder, attempted murder, robbery and eluding a police officer.
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