Courts & Crime

Long troubled Alaska man admits murder jury acquitted him of

ANCHORAGE — Joshua Wade killed Della Brown in 2000 and will spend the rest of his life in prison, according to the sentencing agreement between Wade and federal prosecutors released this morning.

Wade also admits to the 2007 slaying of his South Anchorage neighbor, Mindy Schloss.

Police say Wade brutalized the 52-year-old Anchorage woman, tortured her, then shot her with a .45-caliber Glock in August 2007.

Friends and family searched for the vanished woman for more than a month before her partially burned body was found in Wasilla. She was gagged and her wrists had been bound with zip ties.

Pieces of zip ties were found next to Schloss' bed.

Prosecutors say Wade used her ATM card to steal several hundred dollars, then bought clothes and music.

He is scheduled to enter his guilty plea and be sentenced in federal court Wednesday.

Wade, who moved to Alaksa at the age of 13, spent much of his teen years in state juvenile custody. In September 2000, he was charged with Brown's murder, but a jury acquitted him three years later, while finding him guilty of evidence tampering.

Wade served three years in prison on the evidence tampering conviction before being paroled. Schloss disappeared Aug. 3, 2007, less than six weeks after Wade had completed his parole.