Soldotna Woman to Serve Knife Attack Sentence in Jail

Ayanna Nelson of Soldotna was originally released on probation after a knife attack last summer, but an incident last Tuesday could see her spend the rest of her four year sentence in jail.


26-year-old Nelson was originally charged with attempted murder and second degree assault for a September 2012 incident. Nelson eventually plead guilty to assault in the third degree and was sentenced to four years jail time with three years suspended.


Last Tuesday, Nelson’s grandmother reported her vehicle had been stolen. The vehicle was found at Sport Lake, parked with another vehicle. Nelson was discovered at the scene, with brothers Sean and Luke Spiers.


All three were intoxicated and on felony probation. A third brother, John Spiers, had been at the scene earlier, and was also on felony probation. Nelson’s grandmother did not press charges.


Nelson and the Spiers brothers were all arrested for violating conditions of release. Troopers say their conditions prohibit them from having drugs or alcohol in their blood and from associating with other felons.


In Nelson’s original incident, she was accused of having hidden in the back seat of her friend’s vehicle and grabbed her friend’s boyfriend, cutting his neck with a knife.


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