A man from Springfield accused of attempted rape and kidnapping will now spend nearly 20 years in prison.
Gregory Morton Jr. was sentenced February 10 to 18 years in prison after allegedly attacking a woman in a restroom on the Missouri State University campus on May 23, 2019.
He was convicted on charges of attempted kidnapping and burglary charges. He was also charged with attempted rape and armed criminal action, but those charges were dropped.
Investigators say he attempted to grab and subdue a woman in the restroom of Cheek Hall, but the woman was able to escape and call for help.
Morton was apprehended by campus security, who held him until police arrived.
Police say he was already a registered sex offender prior to the trial.