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UPDATE: Convicted Sex Offender Reaches Plea Deal

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff
A convicted sex offender has reached a plea deal with prosecutors, avoiding a jury trial.

James M. Begay

A convicted sex offender has reached a plea deal with prosecutors, avoiding a jury trial.

Investigators say in August 2010, 23-year-old James Begay attacked, strangled and sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman. He also threatened the woman with a knife, but never showed it.

The incident happened near Lincoln Elementary in Wausau.

Tuesday, in Marathon County Court, Begay pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of 3rd degree sexual assault. Initially he was charged with 1st degree sexual assault with the use of a danger weapon.

Begay was sentenced to five years in prison and five years on extended supervision. He must also register as a sex offender. According to online court records, he’ll also get nearly two years credit for time he’s already served.

At the time of the sexual assault, Begay was serving a probation sentence in Wausau. He is already a convicted sex offender from an assault stemming from a juvenile case in Sawyer County.

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