MLive.com reports that a Michigan man who was arrested for allegedly attempting to rape his ex after breaking into her house has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of third-offense domestic violence, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Joseph J. Wilcox, 50, came to a plea agreement with prosecutors in exchange for dismissal of assault charges with intent to commit sexual penetration and intent to cause great bodily harm less than murder. Those assault charges would have carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison each. Prosecutors also agreed to forego seeking a sentence enhancement for habitual offender status.
Wilcox was originally scheduled to begin his trial on January 9.
On July 31, Wilcox was arrested after a 911 call was made by a 28-year-old woman filing a complaint of assault. When officers came to her door, she stated she had been asleep when she heard someone banging on her front door.
Answering the door in only her bra and underwear, the victim saw her ex, Wilcox, who barreled into the house. He then grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against a wall. She tried to get away, but he managed to enter her bedroom and disrobe. He then removed her underwear and pinned her down with his knees.
After repeatedly telling him to stop, Wilcox allegedly slapped her in the face with his penis according to police reports. She eventually freed herself and he left her apartment. Wilcox was also allegedly intoxicated.
Police suggested she text Wilcox and ask him to return to her home. When he arrived on the scene in his white Jeep, he was placed under arrest.
Wilcox refused to give police a statement on the matter, according to court records. His sentencing date is scheduled for February 20.
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