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North Dakota man wants to withdraw guilty plea in sexual assault case; judge considers request


BISMARCK, North Dakota — A 30-year-old North Dakota man accused of sexually assaulting a woman wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

KXMB-TV ( ) reports that Derek Wisham has asked a judge to approve his request to take back his plea. The Mandan man pleaded guilty in December after reaching an agreement with prosecutors in exchange for reduced charge.

Wishman's charge was downgraded to sexual imposition, which is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He had originally had been charged with felony gross sexual imposition, which carries a potential life sentence.

Wisham is accused of sexually assaulted a woman who was at his house for a bonfire party in June.

Judge David Reich says he will consider Wishman's request and rule at a later time.

Information from: KXMB-TV,

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