Santa Rosa man gets life for breaking into home, rape attempt

SANTA ROSA — A Santa Rosa man described as a "sexual predator" by Sonoma County prosecutors has been sentenced to life in prison.

After he pleaded no contest to residential burglary with intent to rape in February, a judge on Wednesday sentenced 39-year-old David Battensby.

Prosecutors say Battensby entered the home of a Larkfield woman in July 2009 through a sliding glass door and attacked the woman in her bed. The victim fought him off and pushed him out of her apartment.

Sheriff's deputies say they found him hiding in an empty apartment nearby carrying condoms and pornography.

Despite the life sentence, prosecutors say Battensby will be eligible for parole in seven years.

Charles Ogulnik, Battensby's public defender, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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