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10-year prison sentence ordered in sexual assault

A Fort Wayne man who attacked and tried to force a woman to perform a sex act on him received a 10-year prison sentence Monday.

An Allen Superior Court judge sentenced 20-year-old Marlin Edwards to 20 years in prison but then suspended half of the sentence.

Edwards, of the 4800 block of Oliver Street, had initially been charged with attempted robbery, criminal deviate conduct and criminal confinement in May.

According to court documents, he ran up to a woman at Lillie Street and East Fairfax Avenue, put a knife to her throat and then placed it to her side.

He failed to steal her purse but forced her behind a house and ordered her to perform a sex act on him, according to court documents.

The woman’s screams drew the attention of the homeowner, and Edwards fled, only to be caught by police nearby.

Last month, Edwards pleaded guilty to attempted criminal deviate conduct as part of a plea agreement with Allen County prosecutors.

As part of the plea, prosecutors recommended a 10-year executed prison sentence and that the robbery and criminal confinement charges be dropped.

Judge John F. Surbeck accepted the plea agreement and gave Edwards 168 days credit for time served in jail and also ordered him to serve five years probation upon his release.