Springfield, Mo - A man sentenced for attempted rape Friday will be eligible for probation after four months.
Christopher Robert Muller, 25, was seen on top of a woman, with only his boxers on.
Three witnesses were walking the Greenway trails on July, 2 2015 when they heard a woman scream.
Muller was on top of the woman, holding her arms down while she was crying.
The witnesses ran to her rescue and restrained Muller, while calling the police.
One witness testified he had to strike the defendant several times, in order for him to stay still.
When help arrived, they took the victim to the hospital unconscious, where she was placed in a medically induced coma, due to a drug overdose.
At sentencing, Muller refused to take any responsibility for the event. He also claimed to be framed for the attempted sexual assault.
The state requested for Muller to be sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, without the possibility of probation or release, for attempted statutory rape. The state also requested for him to be sentenced seven years for prior convictions of forgery, consecutive to the sentence on the sex offense, for a total of eleven years.
The judge sentenced Muller to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the conviction for attempted statutory rape in the second degree, but sentenced him to the Sex Offenders Assessment Unit. In addition, Muller was sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for the convictions for forgery. All the sentences were to run concurrent to each other.
This means Muller could be released to probation within four months, if determined appropriate for release by the Missouri Department of Corrections. He will have to register as a sex offender as a result of his conviction for attempted statutory rape in the second degree.
Edited Press Release