PINEVILLE, Mo. — A judge sentenced a 37-year-old man to 10 years in prison Tuesday for the sexual assaults of two women about three years ago in Noel.

Circuit Judge Gregory Stremel assessed Omar Ahmed concurrent terms of 10 years each on convictions for first-degree attempted sodomy and first-degree rape at a sentencing hearing in McDonald County Circuit Court.

Ahmed pleaded guilty to the charges April 18 in a plea agreement with the McDonald County prosecutor's office that dismissed two related counts of burglary and separate charges of driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving. His plea deal capped the prison time he might receive at 10 years.

Ahmed climbed through the bedroom window of a neighbor's apartment on Nov. 17, 2015, and raped a 16-year-old girl in the presence of two younger children. A probable-cause affidavit filed in the case stated that he knew the girl was in the apartment without any adults home at the time and took advantage of that knowledge to enter the residence uninvited and sexually assault the victim.

An investigator with the town marshal's office in Noel wrote in the affidavit that Ahmed pulled the girl's hair, choked her and threw her into a wall, briefly knocking her unconscious before raping her as she lay weeping. She was left with scratches on her face and bruises to her neck. The girl told investigators that he threatened to kill both her and her father if she refused him or told anyone about the rape.

Seven months after that sexual assault, while free on bond, Ahmed entered another neighbor's apartment in Noel through a living room window and climbed into bed with a woman and her boyfriend. The woman awoke to find him touching her and trying to pull her panties off. The boyfriend awoke, saw Ahmed in bed with them and chased him off, according to a probable-cause affidavit field in that case.

Ahmed left a beaded chain behind on the floor of the couple's living room that his roommate later identified as belonging to the defendant.

Jeff Lehr is a reporter for The Joplin Globe.