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Stranger who snuck into woman’s home and assaulted her gets 10 years

BISMARCK -- A 38-year-old Bismarck registered sex offender who snuck into a woman's home and assaulted her has been sentenced this week to 10 years in prison.

BISMARCK -- A 38-year-old Bismarck registered sex offender who snuck into a woman’s home and assaulted her has been sentenced this week to 10 years in prison.

David Johnson, 38, admitted to burglary, felonious restraint, aggravated assault, terrorizing and theft of property in the case.

His victim, a 30-year-old Bismarck woman, was awakened by a stranger early in the morning of July 3. He tied her up, assaulted her and threatened to kill her if she screamed. The woman told police that she fought back when she saw Johnson holding a knife, and, at one point, she was able to get the weapon away from him. But then Johnson attempted to strangle her, placing his hands around her throat until she lost consciousness. He then tied the woman up using a bra.

The woman was able to make enough noise that a downstairs neighbor heard the fight and then saw Johnson "escorting the woman" through the house. The neighbor called police, who arrived and drew their pistols on Johnson in order to get him to surrender, which he did.

Johnson is a registered sex offender with convictions for sexual assault in 1996 and gross sexual imposition in 1999 from Ransom and Sargent counties in Southeast District Court.

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