Man pleads guilty in first Anchorage homicide case of 2017

Published: Jun. 30, 2017 at 9:20 AM AKDT
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The man charged with killing his mother's boyfriend -

- has entered a change of plea.

Elliot L. Myas, 23, initially faced charges of manslaughter, assault in the second degree and murder in the second degree. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Friday.

The penalty range on the offense of manslaughter includes up to 20 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine. If the judge accepts Myas' plea, he would be sentenced to nine years, four of which would be suspended. A five-year probation period would also be put in place.

On Monday, January 16, Myas' mother called police at 6:18 a.m., when she was unable to wake up her then boyfriend, 50-year-old Luke Flanagan.

Flanagan was later confirmed dead at the Econo Inn on 5th Ave., which is where he had been overnight.

Investigation results showed that the evening before, several people were at the inn watching football, when the victim began "making fun of his girlfriend," according to the Anchorage Police Dept.

After that, he went to sleep, which is when he was allegedly beaten to death by Myas, who was subsequently arrested and booked at the Anchorage jail.

The charge of assault in the second degree was dismissed by the prosecution in January.

Sentencing will take place on October 30, 2017.