A Hempstead man who raped and tried to kill a woman after breaking into her home was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison, the Nassau district attorney's office said.
A jury in October convicted Artie Jackson, 48, of 18 felony counts, including second-degree attempted murder, predatory sexual assault, first-degree rape and first-degree strangulation, prosecutors said.
In November 2012, a week after superstorm Sandy, he broke into an East Garden City home while its 50-year-old occupant slept, and after eating her food and rummaging through her belongings, he tried to disable the house alarm, authorities said.
Armed with a knife, he then went into a bedroom, where the woman struggled with him and suffered injuries that included a broken eye socket and nose, District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. Afterward, he went around the house to steal her valuables, and that allowed the victim to escape to a neighbor's property, prosecutors said.
Jackson is due back in court on Jan. 13 to face other indictment charges in connection with two other home invasions and two unoccupied home burglaries, all of which also happened shortly after superstorm Sandy, prosecutors said.
CORRECTION: An initial version of this story had an incorrect prison sentence.