Sacto 9-1-1
October 15, 2013
Man pleads no contest to burglary, sexual battery

A man accused of sexually assaulting one woman and attempting to assault another after forcing his way into their apartments has pleaded no contest to charges.

William Russell, 22, today entered the no contest plea to two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of sexual battery and one count of attempted sexual battery, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The burglary offenses are strikes under California law, officials said.

Russell, who did not know the victims, complimented both on their toes and feet and asked if he could touch them. Both women declined and tried to ignore him. Russell, however, followed them to their apartments and forced his way inside. He sexually assaulted one of the women and tried to sexually assault the other, but she was able to push him out of her apartment, officials said.

Under the plea agreement, Russell will be sentenced to a stipulated six years and 10 months in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office. Once he is released on parole, he will be required to register as a convicted sex offender. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 12. in Sacramento Superior Court.

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