An Anchor Point woman charged with attempted murder pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of assault in the third degree, as well as other charges at a change of plea hearing in Superior Court at Kenai Courthouse Wednesday.
Tonee Walker, 59, pleaded guilty telephonically from Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River to the charge of third-degree assault instead of first-degree attempted murder, as well as a second third-degree assault charge — both Class C felonies. She also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons, both Class A misdemeanor charges. A misdemeanor reckless driving charge was dismissed.
Walker agreed to three aggravators — C6, three or more victims; 10, most serious and 13, conduct directed at a police officer.
The plea agreement calls for a sentence of 12 years with 8 years, 11 months suspended. She will serve 3 years, 1 month jail time and 7 years probation. For her DUI charge, Walker was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended. According to the agreement, Walker will pay restitution in an amount to determined, forfeit items seized, will have no contact with the victims and will submit to substance abuse recommendations following an assessment.
“I don’t drink,” Walker said, concerned about the possibility of in-patient treatment. “I just drank that night. I haven’t drank for, like, 25 years.”
According to the charging documents, on July 15, 2012, Alaska State Troopers received multiple 911 calls about a vehicle driving aggressively and erratically in the northbound lane of the Sterling Highway north of Anchor Point. Walker was the driver of the vehicle.
She rear-ended another vehicle before turning around and driving southbound in the northbound lane, causing other drivers to pull onto the side of the road to avoid being hit. Walker is alleged to have shot at vehicles while passing them.
After she stopped, Walker, using a .44 caliber pistol, shot twice from her vehicle, hitting her own vehicle once and a patrol vehicle once while the trooper was inside the vehicle. The affidavit states the trooper was afraid of being shot inside the vehicle, so he bailed out and returned fire, hitting Walker in the arm and torso.
Walker was removed from her vehicle. Inside there was a note written by her stating she wanted to “go out in a blaze.”
Walker was treated in Anchorage for her injuries. During an officer interview at the hospital, Walker told officials she was depressed and had planned to drive recklessly so troopers would be called. Then Walker planned to show the gun to troopers so they would shoot her.
Walker’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 1 at Kenai Courthouse.
Kaylee Osowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.