NEW BRUNSWICK—Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today that a New Brunswick man is facing 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of attempting to commit an aggravated sexual assault upon a 20-year-old woman.
Samuel Freeman, 56, also pleaded guilty to two counts of making terroristic threats, admitting he threatened to shoot two men who interrupted the attack when they heard the woman’s screams, the prosecutor said.
Shortly after midnight on Sept. 18, 2008, the victim was walking to her apartment when she realized the defendant was following her on James Street, authorities said.
She ducked into the entrance way of a home, pretending she lived there, and waited for Freeman to pass by. The woman continued walking, and then began running when she saw Freeman at the Somerset Street intersection, authorities said.
Freeman ran after her, hit her, pulled her hair and knocked her to the ground. He continued to physically assault her and attempted to sexually assault her, authorities said.
Freeman fled when the two men who heard the woman’s screams approached and told him to leave her alone. Coincidentally, one of the men realized he knew the woman. Both men chased Freeman, who reached into his waistband, pretending he had a gun, and threatened to shoot them, authorities said. The men continued to chase Freeman, who was apprehended on Alexander Street when police arrived.
Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Sheree Pitchford, Freeman faces a New Jersey state prison term of 15 years and must serve 85 percent of the term before he can become eligible for parole.
He also faces four years on each count of terroristic threats, but that penalty will be served concurrently with the 15-year term for the attempted aggravated sexual assault.
Freeman also will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and faces parole supervision for the remainder of his life.
Freeman pleaded guilty on Oct. 28 during a pre-trial hearing before Superior Court Judge Barbara Stolte at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 29, 2010.
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