Wasilla teen pleads guilty to attempted murder charge

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A Wasilla teenager pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of attempted murder, third-degree assault and stalking.

Andrew Lee Coffman, 19, was charged in January 2002 after he shot Mary Rogers in the face with a .22-caliber handgun, breaking her jaw.

Coffman went to Rogers' home to talk with Elizabeth Ingram, the girlfriend of Rogers' grandson, police said. Rogers, who was 75 at the time, confronted Coffman and was shot. She survived.

As part of the plea agreement, Coffman will serve 18 years in prison, said Palmer District Attorney Roman Kalytiak. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23.

The agreement came in the middle of jury selection in the case, Kalytiak said. He said he had expected a three- to four-week jury trial.

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