FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for stabbing a woman to death.
Nicholas Danico, 21, pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in September for killing Evelyn Gloria, 47. Her body was found in the bathtub of the apartment Danico shared with his mother early on New Year's Day of 2001.
Superior Court Judge Richard Savell said he decided on the maximum term because Danico had an extensive criminal record, coupled with a poor prison record since his arrest. Savell called Danico's chances for rehabilitation ''nonexistent.''
The judge said Danico committed the murder as a ''laboratory experiment,'' and said after Danico killed Gloria and left the apartment, he returned later intent on killing a friend of hers as well.
Gloria had been visiting a neighbor at the apartment complex where Danico lived, and Danico a friend were also at the apartment, according to police.
Danico was flicking open a butterfly-type knife, which he had received for Christmas, and the women asked him to stop. Shortly after midnight, Danico and Gloria left the apartment together, according to a witness. She was found dead by Danico's mother about an hour later.
Danico had been convicted of assault in 1996. He also was involved in a police chase shortly before the murder.
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