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Man sentenced for home invasion, attempted rape

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Frederick Mcleod (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office) Frederick Mcleod (Source: Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office)

Frederick Mcleod, 37, of Port Royal, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for the home invasion and attempted rape of his downstairs neighbor.

At the conclusion of a two-day trial, Mcleod was convicted of first-degree burglary and first-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.

On the afternoon of Aug. 16, 2012, Mcleod, who was intoxicated, approached his 29-year-old neighbor as she was returning to a house on Parris Ave. in Port Royal that was converted into several apartments. The woman brushed him off and she went inside to get ready for work.

A few minutes later, the woman heard someone knocking at her door. She cracked open the door and Mcleod burst through. He pushed the woman down on her bed and started groping and kissing her. The woman told him to stop and was eventually able to break free. Mcleod fell into a wall after losing his balance. He then threatened the woman by indicating that he would be waiting for her when she returned form work later that night.

Police arrested Mcleod a short time later in his apartment and he has remained in the Beaufort County Detention Center ever since.

"I am really proud of the victim for having the courage to confront her attacker," said administrative solicitor Hunter Swanson, who prosecuted the case along with assistant solicitor Price Sumner, in a press release. "I am also proud of the jury for getting this right and holding Mr. Mcleod accountable for his actions."

Judge Brooks Goldsmith handed down the sentence. By law, Mcleod will be required to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for any sort of early release.

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