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St. Pete man sentenced to 15 years for nightclub attack

CLEARWATER — A man accused of assaulting several women outside clubs in downtown St. Petersburg pleaded guilty this morning in one of the attacks and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

James Wilborn, 32, of St. Petersburg, faced several charges, including aggravated battery, in a May 2, 2012, attack on an 18-year-old woman outside the Scene nightclub. He had asked her for her telephone number inside the club, but after she refused and walked outside, Wilborn followed her and smashed a liter glass wine carafe on the back of her head, knocking her to the ground, police reports state.

A hair piece she was wearing prevented serious injury.

This month, Wilborn was acquitted of charges related to a Jan. 1, 2011, attack on two women outside the Push Ultra Lounge, which is about a block from the Scene, now a different club. In that attack, Wilborn was accused of hiking up a woman’s dress outside the club and stabbing her after she slapped him.

In July 2010, Wilborn pleaded to four counts of misdemeanor battery in connection with an attack on four women outside the State Theatre on Jan. 19, 2010. He had approached a 19-year-old woman from behind and lifted her dress. After words were exchanged, Wilborn punched her in the fact, knocking the woman and a friend of hers to the ground. Two other women came to their aid, and Wilborn pushed them to the ground, too.

In that attack, he was sentenced to six months in jail and 12 months of probation.

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