Man gets 4 years for aggravated criminal sexual abuse

URBANA — An Urbana man who attacked a woman on a city street has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Michael E. Finley, 23, whose last known address was in the 1000 block of East Colorado Avenue, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

He admitted to Judge Heidi Ladd that on June 26, he tackled a 24-year-old woman from behind as she walked in the 1100 block of South Orchard Street, then inappropriately touched her while she was on the ground.

The commotion attracted the attention of a resident in the neighborhood who announced from her door that she was calling police. The attacker fled. Finley was caught not far away.

Court records show Finley had prior convictions for aggravated domestic battery, possession of cannabis and theft.

As part of his sentence in this case, Finley will have to register as a sex offender.

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