- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A twice-convicted sex offender has been sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison for attempting to rape a woman in a Lincoln alleyway.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/1z3M3is ) 59-year-old Abejide, who goes by one name, was sentenced Thursday for attempted first-degree sexual assault and terroristic threat convictions. Abejide must serve a full 20 years before he is eligible for parole.

At trial last month, the 41-year-old woman who accused Abejide of the attempted rape testified that he pulled her into an alley and pulled down her pants. A police officer found Abejide pressing the woman against the wall, but Abejide says the interaction was consensual.

Abejide says the charge and subsequent sentence were based on “lies and deception.” Prosecutors say Abejide needs to take responsibility for his actions.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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