Man gets 56 years in attack on woman

A man will spend 56 years in prison for sexually assaulting, beating and strangling a woman in False Pass.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports 31-year-old Jason Neal Downard was sentenced in Kodiak Superior Court in the July 2008 attack.

He was convicted in November 2011.

Downard, a commercial fisherman, won’t be eligible for parole until 2041.