Kearney man going to prison for assaulting jogger

Published: Jul. 17, 2019 at 10:28 AM CDT
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A Kearney man convicted on a felony for attacking a jogger is going to prison.

Keith Barrett, 20, was convicted of felony Terroristic Threats and misdemeanor Third Degree Assault. 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.

A judge sentenced Barrett to one year in prison for each conviction. Those two years in prison will be added onto sentences Barrett received for separate convictions for drug distribution, theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In total, Barrett will spend 5 1/2 years in prison and will also serve one year on probation when he's released from prison.

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