Mpls. Man Indicted on Criminal Sexual Conduct, Burglary Charges
A Hennepin County Grand Jury has indicted a Minneapolis man on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of first-degree burglary, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Friday.
The indictment alleges that Nathan Jones, 41, broke into a Minneapolis home and sexually assaulted a woman at knife-point in the early morning hours of May 24.
Police were able to identify Jones as the suspect by using DNA at the scene, the county attorney's office says. The indictment replaces a criminal complaint issued June 11.
The county attorney's office says it brought the case to the grand jury because a relatively new law allows prosecutors to seek life sentences for criminal sexual conduct under certain circumstances. Those circumstances include a previous sex crime conviction, using a dangerous weapon and committing the crime in the victim's zone of privacy.
Jones and his alleged crime fit all those circumstances, according to the county attorney's office.