- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A Salem man accused of assaulting a young woman with a baseball bat has pleaded no contest to charges of attempted murder and second-degree assault.

The Statesman Journal reports (https://stjr.nl/1Q39YL6 ) Landis Provancha entered the plea on Friday before Circuit Judge Courtland Geyer at the Marion County Courthouse.

Prosecutors say the crime happened in December 2013, when the victim walked into a house she and Provancha were house-sitting. As she reached to turn on the lights, Provancha struck her several times on the head with a bat.

The victim told police she was able to grab the bat away from her attacker. She hid in the kitchen and later escaped by jumping out a window.

The 26-year-old Provancha is a former boyfriend of the victim.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 10.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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