A man accused of trying to rape a woman on Olympia’s Woodland Trail two years ago has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of indecent liberties.
Daniel Leigh Leatherman, 23, entered the plea Monday in Thurston County Superior Court. The charge comes with a sentence of between 31 months and 41 months. The sentence will include probation and registration as a sex offender.
Leatherman will remain in the Thurston County Jail until sentencing July 27. He has no prior felony convictions, according to Judge James Dixon.
Leatherman had initially been charged with first-degree attempted rape for an incident that took place the morning of June 10, 2013.
According to court documents, Leatherman was accused of attacking a woman who had been walking her dog on the Olympia Woodland Trail off Eastside Street Southeast near Wheeler Avenue Southeast. He pulled the woman off the trail and forcibly removed her pants. He allegedly told the victim, “Stop or I will kill you,” before he suddenly stopped attacking and let her go, documents say.
A K-9 search of the area led to an abandoned backpack that contained Leatherman’s birth certificate. A witness spotted Leatherman walking out of the woods and he was arrested later that afternoon, documents say.
At the time of his arrest, Leatherman was homeless and had bench warrants in Olympia related to property theft, drug paraphernalia and malicious mischief, according to court documents.
Since his arrest in June 2013, Leatherman has spent time in Western State Hospital. In January, he was declared competent to stand trial by a licensed psychologist with the state Department of Social and Health Services. Court records show he had previously been found incompetent to stand trial because of mental illness and had a past diagnosis of schizophrenia.