JAMESTOWN, N.D. - A Jamestown man was sentenced to 18 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a woman after breaking into her apartment and threatening her in August 2016.
Walter J. Grant Jr., 60, pleaded guilty in July in Southeast District Court under a plea bargain arrangement to gross sexual imposition, a Class A felony, burglary, a Class B felony, and two Class C felonies, aggravated assault and terrorizing. In exchange for those guilty pleas, Stutsman County State's Attorney Fritz Fremgen agreed to drop the fifth charge, felonious restraint, a Class C felony.
On Aug. 23, 2016, Grant entered a Jamestown woman's apartment and sexually assaulted her, compelling her to engage in a sexual act through force or by threat of death, serious bodily injury or kidnapping. The victim escaped shortly after 6 a.m. and called 911. Grant fled her apartment and was apprehended around 10:15 a.m. by the stockyards on the west side of Jamestown.
Judge Mark Blumer sentenced Grant to 18 years in the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation on the gross sexual imposition charge. Grant received 530 days credit for time served and performance-based sentence reduction. He will pay $1,360 in fees and be placed on five years supervised probation once released from prison.
On the burglary charge Grant received 10 years in prison and on the aggravated assault and terrorizing charges he received five years in prison. All sentences will be served concurrently.
After being sentenced Blumer asked Grant if he had anything he wanted to say.
"I would like to apologize for the victim in this case," he said. "I apologize to her and I apologize to the court for my behavior at times in court."
During his initial appearance on Aug. 26, 2016, Grant refused to follow instructions from Judge Jerod E. Tufte. As he was being escorted from the courtroom to be taken back to the Stutsman County Correctional Center, Grant said, "There is only one judge in this world and that is God."
Grant said Wednesday he believes had he been kept on parole for a previous sex crime that he wouldn't have acted as he did on Aug. 23, 2016. He said he is an alcoholic and has resisted treatment programs in the past, but hopes he can get his life together before he is released.
"I do apologize for my wrong and take all responsibility for all of my wrong," he said.
Blumer said he appreciated Grant's comments and believes Grant does want to get his life together while serving his sentence.
Grant was a registered high-risk sex offender at the time of this sexual assault. He has convictions for felonious restraint, terrorizing and simple assault and contact with bodily fluid in Rolette County in 2012 and was convicted for gross sexual imposition in Burleigh County in 1989.