Seward Prison Inmate in Critical Condition After Assault

Reposted from KTUU.COM –

ANCHORAGE, Alaska –

Alaska State Troopers are investigating a Friday inmate-on-inmate assault at the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, with one Anchorage man facing possible charges and another reportedly in critical condition.
According to a Monday AST dispatch, troopers received a call from a sergeant at the maximum security prison at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, reporting that 48-year-old Forrest Ahvakana had been assaulted by 25-year-old Jason Rak.
“Ahvakana was transported to Alaska Regional Hospital for treatment,” troopers wrote. “He was listed in critical condition.”
Troopers say first-degree assault charges have been forwarded to the state district attorney’s office.
Rak was arrested after opening fire on Michael and Matthew Lewis outside Anchorage’s Dimond Center mall in January 2008, hitting Michael Lewis and bystander Mason Sylvester. Rak pleaded guilty in November 2009 to two counts of first-degree attempted murder, as well as one count each of first-degree assault and misconduct involving weapons, receiving a 29-year prison sentence in May 2010.
According to a January 2010 press release from state prosecutors, Ahvakana is serving a 100-year sentence under the state’s “three-strikes” law for a December 2008 felony assault against Billy Kaleak, whom he repeatedly struck in the head with a large empty whiskey bottle. Ahvakana had previously been convicted of robbery and sexual assault in separate 1987 and 1990 felony cases.



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Spring Creek has also made headlines after previous disturbances involving its inmates, including an October 2012 assault by three inmates on a correctional officer which left two inmates and the officers injured. This August, 14 inmates faced disciplinary action after refusing to participate in morning inspection, then breaking toilets and sinks in their cells.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters was awaiting more detailed information on the case Monday morning from a trooper handling it, while Department of Corrections spokesperson Kaci Schroeder declined any immediate comment.
“We aren’t going to comment on anything until the troopers are done with their investigation,” Schroeder said.
Alaska Regional Hospital officials say no update is available on Ahvakana’s current condition Monday morning, noting that he may have been classified by DOC as a confidential patient, barring any information about him from being released.

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