A Brainerd man was given an eight-year sentence after pleading guilty to attempted rape of a child. A charge of child rape was dismissed.
Meredith Coy Bell, 35, appeared before Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman.
In the incident in 2010, police said a female told them she walked into a bedroom and saw Bell holding down her step-sister while attempting to have sex with her.
She said when Bell saw her, he pulled up his pants and ran out of the room. She said she followed him, while dialing 911.
She said Bell then knocked the phone from her hand and he re-entered the bedroom to retrieve his jacket.
The child said she was in her bedroom asleep when she was awakened by Bell. She said he began asking her questions about a conversation she had with another child the day before.
She said he then abruptly placed his hands over her mouth, held her down and pulled off her shorts and underwear. She said he then pulled down his pants and got on her to try to have sex.
Bell has an extensive criminal record, including drug and traffic charges.