A National Guardsman charged with attempted rape of a female soldier will serve four to eight years in prison.

Justin Wayne Spencer, 29, of Cabot, Pa., pleaded guilty to criminal attempted rape by forcible compulsion.

This week Lawrence County Judge Thomas M. Piccione sentenced Spencer to serve four to eight years in a state correctional facility, with credit for 417 days, followed by five years of probation.

Spencer also is ordered to pay costs of prosecution, and must comply with obligations and responsibilities imposed under Megan’s Law.

Spencer was charged in the assault of a 21-year-old female in May 2011.

According to court records, both Spencer and the victim are members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and both were serving weekend duty at the 820 Frank Ave. armory in New Castle when the incident took place.

Shenango Township police, who filed charges, said the woman was sleeping in her quarters on May 21, 2011 when she awoke at 4 a.m. to find Spencer in her bed, naked, attempting to strangle and rape her.

According to police, the victim fought him off and he struck her in the head and face. Spencer then left in his own vehicle.

He was arrested by Shenango police and military personnel.

In addition to attempted rape, Spencer additionally had been charged with attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, indecent assault by forcible compulsion, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

In exchange for the guilty plea, he will not be prosecuted on those charges.

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