Man gets five years for attacking woman in Norwich parking lot

NORWICH – A Town of German man who admitted he tried to kidnap a 21-year-old woman in an empty Norwich parking lot was sentenced to five years in state prison Friday and may have to register as a sex offender.

Andrew Jason Waterman, 32, of Willet Line Road (McDonough address) was sentenced to five years in state prison and five years post-release supervision. Waterman pleaded guilty to the top count against him – second degree kidnapping, a Class B felony – a day before his jury trial was scheduled to begin on June 21.

First Assistant District Attorney Stephen Dunshee said the woman was attacked as she walked home from work in the lot behind the VFW near East Main and Silver Street in the City of Norwich at around 9 p.m., March 27, 2009.

“The victim got out of work and took a shortcut behind an alley near the New Beginnings Church. He (Waterman) approached her and asked her out. She rejects his engagement, but he follows her to another parking lot. This is where he puts her in a bear hug and knocks her to the ground. He put his hand on her mouth and nose; the victim said she nearly passed out. She fought with him, pulled the glasses off his face and struck him in head. As she fought to get free, he threatened to kill her,” said Dunshee.

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