FAIRBANKS (AP) A burglar who police believe broke his ankle while fleeing pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges of robbery and criminal trespass.
In February, Fairbanks police said 20-year-old Jason Davis threatened a woman with a knife and knocked her to the ground in a robbery attempt at her apartment.
The woman screamed for her husband and Davis fled. Police found Davis a short distance away suffering from a broken ankle.
He faces a sentence of up to five years in prison.
Davis' mother flew from Louisiana to attend the change of plea hearing and tearfully asked Superior Court Judge Randy Olsen to set her son free.
''I'm asking for mercy from the court,'' Thesia Davis said. ''He's a long way from home and he has no one to look after him.''
At the time of the robbery, Davis was staying with his brother and sister-in-law stationed at Fort Wainwright. They have since been transferred to an Army post in the Lower 48.
''I don't know why he did what he did,'' Thesia Davis said. ''That was not his upbringing. I'm asking you to release him so I can take him home.''
Olsen set Davis' sentencing for Dec. 18.
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