Woman pleads to assault charge

A 25-year-old woman connected with the attempted throat slashing of a Sterling man pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge Feb. 8 in Kenai Superior Court as part of a plea arrangement.

Ayanna Nelson was charged with first-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault. Nelson’s plea agreement stipulated if she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of third degree assault, a Class C felony, she would be sentenced to four years in jail with three years suspended and the attempted murder charge would be dropped.

Judge Carl Bauman accepted Nelson’s change of plea and set the case for sentencing for March 27 at the Kenai Courthouse.

On Sept. 6, 2012, Nelson allegedly conspired with Dianna Steger, a friend, to lure Edward Matthews into a car to assault him with a knife, according to court records.

Nelson hid under laundry bags in the back seat as Steger drove the three toward the laundromat following a disagreement.

Nelson then grabbed Matthews, put a knife to his neck and threatened to kill him, according to court records. Court records allege Nelson and Steger had been drinking prior to the incident.

Investigating documents from the Alaska State Troopers indicate Nelson said she was trying to protect Steger from Matthews, but she only planned on scaring him. In the same document, Steger told troopers she did not know Nelson had a knife.

Troopers indicated Matthews had three cuts on his neck ranging in length from 6.5 centimeters long to 11 centimeters long and varying in depth.

The plea agreement also stipulates Nelson will serve three years probation and have no contact with Matthews or Steger.

 

Brian Smith can be reached at brian.smith@peninsulaclarion.com.

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