JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Level 3 sex offender who forced his way into a Region 8 woman's home wearing just a sweatshirt will spend the next 40 years in prison.
A Greene County jury on Wednesday found Nathan L. Inskeep, 43, of Paragould guilty of aggravated residential burglary.
Circuit Judge Brent Davis sentenced Inskeep to 40 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
Inskeep was also convicted of two misdemeanor offenses—indecent exposure and third-degree batter—and sentenced to a year in the county jail on each charge.
According to evidence presented at trial, on April 17, 2014, Inskeep forced his way into a Marmaduke woman's home "wearing only a red sweatshirt and naked from the waist down," according to a news release from the office of Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington.
Inskeep lunged at the woman, who was holding her infant daughter, scratching the child on the cheek.
The woman began screaming and running through her house, Ellington said, waking her husband who was asleep in a bedroom.
The victim's husband then chased Inskeep out of the house.
Deputies with the Greene County Sheriff's Office arrested Inskeep the next day.
Chief Steve Franks of the Marmaduke Police Department testified at trial that both the victim and her husband identified Inskeep from a photo lineup. Neither of them knew the suspect before the attack.
Ellington credited Franks with arresting Inskeep.
"Because of Chief Franks' hard work, a dangerous predator was removed from our community," he said. "After his arrest we learned Inskeep had been convicted of attempted rape in New York for similar conduct."