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Published January 13, 2012, 08:44 PM

St. Michael, ND, Man Gets Life Sentence For Attempted Sexual Assault

FARGO (WDAZ-TV) - A St. Michael, ND, man was sentenced to life in prison and a lifetime supervised release in court Friday on a charge of attempted aggravated sexual assault.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

FARGO (WDAZ-TV) - A St. Michael, ND, man was sentenced to life in prison and a lifetime supervised release in court Friday on a charge of attempted aggravated sexual assault.

Joseph Brown, Jr., 59, was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

On November 3, 2011, Brown was found guilty by a jury of attempting to rape a young woman while using force.

The incident occurred on August 18, 2009 at Brown's rural farm on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. Brown drove the victim to the farm and attempted to rape her.

The victim was able to fight him off and ran away, hiding under a farm tractor. Brown found the woman and drug her to the farm house and again assaulted and attempted to rape her. She was able to escape and told authorities.

Brown has more than two previous convictions for serious violent crimes.

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