A Lancaster County judge sent a 35-year-old Lincoln man to prison for 25 to 35 years Thursday for sexually assaulting an intoxicated stranger as she tried to get downtown after drinking on St. Patrick's Day.

A jury last month found Wilder Alvarado guilty of first-degree sexual assault.

His 23-year-old accuser testified that she had no idea how she ended up naked in his bed. She had been drinking that night and hired an Uber to get home, but forgot her keys and couldn't get inside.

She started walking downtown to meet friends, but only remembered taking five steps before blacking out.

She woke up the next morning in Alvarado's bed and ran home barefoot after finding her phone and clothes. She was just up the block from her residence.

She reported what happened to police.

At trial, Alvarado's attorney, Brett McArthur, said the crux of the case was whether she blacked out or was presenting herself in a way that Alvarado could've thought she knew what was going on and wanted to participate.

Thursday, he said Alvarado regretted using "very, very poor judgment," realizes what he did was wrong and was sorry.

"Certainly his intention was never to cause anyone harm," McArthur said.

But Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Jan Lipovsky said Alvarado has caused physical and psychological harm to the victim and has shown no remorse.

Lancaster County District Judge Jodi Nelson said it was clear even to strangers, such as the Uber driver that night, that the woman was significantly impaired; but that didn't deter Alvarado from doing what he wanted to do.

"It is clear to the court that Mr. Alvarado took advantage of the victim in this case in ways that should never happen to anyone," she said.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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