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Man pleads no contest in sexual assault case


A Holcomb man who pleaded no contest to reduced charges stemming from the sexual assault of two women has been placed on probation.

Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees urged District Judge Preston Pratt instead to sentence Leaton R. McClelland, 21, to at least two years in prison. Instead, he was sentenced Thursday to three year’s probation.

In February, McClelland pleaded no contest to felony charges of reckless aggravated battery and aggravated battery.

He initially had been charged with rape, aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated sexual battery.

The burglary charge was dismissed in exchange for the plea.

The charges stem from a March 3, 2012, incident in the 400 block of West Fifth.

Two women — 17 and 20 at the time — each said they had been sexually assaulted during the early morning hours.

While Pratt sentenced McClelland to an underlying sentence of 47 months in prison, he agreed to suspend the sentence and place him on probation.