Kearney man convicted of assaulting jogger

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Kearney, Neb. (KSNB) - The Kearney man arrested for attacking a jogger near the UNK campus last month may now face a lengthy prison term.

Keith Barrett, 19, pled no contest to felony Terroristic Threats and misdemeanor Third Degree Assault. He's scheduled to be sentenced November fifth. The max penalty for Terroristic Threats is 20 years in prison.

Police said the assault happened around 11 p.m. Friday, July 12, when a woman was jogging in the 2700 block of 8th Avenue, which is one block east of the UNK campus.

Police said the 31-year-old woman was tackled to the ground by a man that had ridden up behind her on a bicycle. He also made threats to the woman, who was able to fight off her assailant. The man left the area when the woman began screaming and residents of the neighborhood came to her aid.

The woman received minor injuries in the incident and did not require medical attention.