Layton man accused in gym attack pleads guilty to lesser charges

Oct 9 2012 - 6:43pm

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Randy Jess Inman
Randy Jess Inman

FARMINGTON -- A Layton man has pleaded guilty to charges of grabbing a woman in a gym almost a year ago.

Randy Jess Inman, 26, entered guilty pleas to attempted aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault, both second-degree felonies, and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.

Inman appeared Tuesday before Judge Glen C. Dawson in 2nd District Court.

Inman had originally been charged with first-degree felony kidnapping.

A sentencing hearing has been set for Nov. 20. Inman is being held in Davis County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Deputy Davis County Attorney David Cole said Inman and his defense attorney agreed that Inman will serve time at Utah State Prison for each felony.

The second-degree felonies carry a possible sentence of one to 15 years.

Police said Inman attacked a woman inside Snap Fitness, 781 E. Gordon Ave., Layton, during the early morning hours of Nov. 14, 2011.

The two were the only people in the gym at the time, as the 24-hour facility is not always staffed.

The woman kicked, screamed and fought to break free from Inman as he tried to drag her into a bathroom, police say. She eventually escaped and called police.

Police used surveillance video to identify Inman as the attacker and arrested him later that day.

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