After a tearful apology, an Anchorage man will serve 81 years for attempted murder

Published: Oct. 16, 2018 at 11:58 AM AKDT
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After a tearful apology to his victims, Christian Beier was sentenced to 141 years with 60 suspended, 81 years to serve after being convicted of attempted murder charges.

The sentencing lasted two days after more than 40 letters supporting Beier were submitted to the judge and dozens of people signed up to speak on his behalf.

The crime happened on October 23, 2015.

The shooting and the manhunt that followed lasted 16 hours and captivated Anchorage, at times playing out over social media.

Evidence presented at trial showed that Beier shot 19-year-old Caia Delavergne through the eye and shot 17-year-old Conor Lally multiple times in the chest hours after finding them inside a home in Bootleggers Cove. After the shooting, Delavergne jumped from a second story window to get help and Beier ran away posting about his crime on Facebook. Delavergene lost her eye in the shooting.

In court Beier's father, who has Parkinson's disease, cried and pleaded with the judge that his son could be rehabilitated.

"I want my son to have a chance at life," John Beier said.

For his part Beier apologized profusely to his victims and took responsibility for the pain and damage he caused.

"I am so sorry for taking your eye," Beier said to Caia Delavergne, "I am so sorry for hurting you, for shooting you, I am so sorry for the emotional damages the physical damages."

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton sided with the district attorney's office and quoted from a poem about the impacts of violence on a family.

"There is nothing Caia or Conor did to deserve what they got nothing," Wolverton said.

After he was fingerprinted Beier was handcuffed and lead out of the courtroom.

"I'm so sorry, oh God," Beier said.