A Dalton man accused of breaking into a woman’s house in March and trying to rape her has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and another 18 years on probation for attempted rape.
District Attorney Bert Poston said Wayne Norwood, who was 41 and living at 2941 Waring Road when he was charged by the Dalton Police Department, accepted a plea deal before Judge William T. Boyett on Thursday. He was also sentenced to 10 years in prison for burglary, but he’ll serve that sentence at the same time as the attempted rape sentence.
Norwood was arrested in August and was indicted by a grand jury for rape, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and burglary. His negotiated plea resulted in the other charges other than the burglary charge being dropped.
Officials said Norwood went to an apartment on Vann Circle one mid-morning in March and knocked on the door. When a woman opened it, he asked if one of his friends was there. She replied “No,” and he forced his way inside as she tried to close the door.
Police said he then forced her into a bedroom and tried unsuccessfully to rape her. He eventually left. Officials said Norwood did not know the woman.
Norwood’s attorney, Rex Abernathy of Summerville, didn’t immediately return a phone call on Thursday afternoon.