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      Jefferson City man pleads guilty to sexual assault

      44-year-old Brett Courtney pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempted rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, and armed criminal action charges.

      A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for a sexual assault that happened in July of 2012.

      44-year-old Brett Courtney pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempted rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, and armed criminal action charges.

      Courtney was convicted of breaking into a home on St. Louis Drive while wearing a ski mask and assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

      Investigators linked him to the assault after he barricaded himself in his house nine days after the attack.

      Courtney??s house was located two blocks from the home of the attack, and a search of the house turned up items related to the assault.