MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was sentenced to one to five years in prison Monday after pleading no contest to a first-degree sexual abuse charge in an attack on a pregnant Martinsburg woman.
Kenneth Gray, 36, also had been charged with kidnapping and first-degree sexual assault. Both of those charges were dropped Monday.
"We knew we'd probably have some evidentiary problems at trial," said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely.
According to court records, Gray was living at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, where he was being treated for substance abuse, around the time of the July 30, 1997, attack.
Martinsburg City Police said the 23-year-old woman, who was four weeks pregnant and on bond on an aggravated robbery charge, was walking in the 500 block of West King Street when a man approached her and they began arguing.
After a verbal confrontation, the woman told police her attacker pulled out a knife, held it to her back and ordered her into an abandoned house in the 400 block of King Street.