Man Convicted Of Sexual Assault Gets Probation

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WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man convicted of entering a locked house and sexually assaulting a woman who was sleeping has been sentenced to home monitoring and probation.

Winona County Judge Mary Leahy says she departed from sentencing guidelines because Joel Meyer Epstein is amenable to probation. The 27-year-old Plymouth man will spend 90 days on home monitoring and serve five years of probation. Epstein said he took drugs and drank alcohol the night he assaulted the woman in Winona in 2008.

The Winona Daily News says Epstein earlier pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree burglary.

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