Story last updated at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2002

Child slasher gets life
Former Homer High student and area resident Jason Pritchard was sentenced to two concurrent 99-year prison terms last week for slashing four school children at Mountain View Elementary School in Anchorage last year. Pritchard, 34, attended Homer High School in the mid-80s and lived in Anchor Point as recently as 1999. In addition, he was in Homer days before he took a filet knife to the throats of four boys, ages 7 and 8, in Anchorage on May 7, 2001. All four boys survived the incident, despite severe cuts that in some cases stretched from ear to ear.

Pritchard pleaded no contest in October to two counts of attempted murder.

Deb Germano, owner of Subway in Homer, told the Homer News last year that her 14-year-old son and his friends were approached by Pritchard two days before the attack while they were at Subway. According to Germano, Pritchard was lecturing the boys about God when she called them away from the man. Pritchard then left the store. Pritchard was convicted of stalking a minor in 1998 in Homer after he followed a 14-year-old boy and "constantly discussed sexual topics," according to court documents. He was sentenced to comply with treatment from Homer Community Mental Health Center at that time, as well as 120 days in jail, and was prohibited from unsupervised contact with children.

Pritchard was diagnosed with extreme schizophrenia, according to sentencing Anchorage Superior Court Judge Dan Hensley, and had told police shortly after the knifings that he was trying to send the children to God. He will be 100 years old before his is eligible for parole.