Sex offender sentenced to minimum of three years in Burns Park attack
A sex offender who cut off an electronic monitoring device and attempted to sexually assault a woman in Ann Arbor's Burns Park neighborhood in December was sentenced today to a minimum of three years in prison.
Bobby Lenord Beach, 29, of Ypsilanti Township, previously pleaded no contest to unarmed robbery and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.
Under the sentence, he could spend a maximum of 15 years in prison. Beach shook his head as deputies escorted him into the courtroom and told Washtenaw County Circuit Judge David Swartz he wasn't aware he was convicted on a sex charge.
"What's the charges?" Beach asked Swartz. "I thought the charge was only unarmed robbery. I just want to know what I've been sentenced to."
Swartz said, "I haven't sentenced you yet."
Swartz reminded Beach the charges were discussed at a prior proceeding and said he was "totally convinced" Beach knew exactly what he was talking about.
"I didn't know," Beach said at one point. "I just didn't know. I'm asking questions. No disrespect."
Beach is convicted of attacking a 22-year-old woman near South Forest Avenue and Wells Street shortly after 9 p.m. Dec. 12, south of University of Michigan's Central Campus.
Ann Arbor police have said the woman was approached by a man armed with a kitchen knife as she walked on South Forest Avenue.
He forced her up against a home, robbed her of $15, and tried to pull down her leggings to sexually assault her. He fled when she screamed.
Beach was arrested by officers who saturated the area after the woman ran to her residence and called 911.
Beach was convicted in 1999 of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving an incapacitated victim, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.Â He was one of three men convicted of sexually assaulting a drunk 16-year-old girl in an Ypsilanti home in April 1999.
Beach was paroled in the spring of 2008 and lived with a relative in the area. Authorities say he ditched his electronic monitoring device in late October 2008, then attacked the woman in December.
Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for AnnArbor.com. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-623-2527.