Last week, Napaskiak resident Wilson Beaver, age 43, was sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexual assault. He still faces a trial for additional charges.
Beaver was convicted of burglary and sexual assault after breaking into a young woman’s home and holding a knife to her throat. Her one-year-old daughter was asleep in bed next to her and Beaver threatened to kill them both. He tried to sexually assault the woman, but she grabbed the knife by its blade and pulled it from her throat. When she recognized Beaver, he ran from the house.
Beaver was found guilty last June, his second conviction in 15 years for violent sexual assault. A few months after the conviction he escaped from Bethel’s Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center through a storm grate with fellow inmate Carl Konig. The jailbreak led to a massive manhunt that ended about 24 hours later, when law enforcement caught Beaver and Konig outside of town.
The District Attorney’s Office charged Beaver with escape in the second degree. His next hearing in that case is scheduled for January 31.