Syracuse sex offender's sentencing hearing delayed

Ross Sanford

A convicted sex offender could face life in prison for attempting to rape a Syracuse woman after using a ladder to reach her bedroom and attacking her while she slept.

45-year-old Ross Sanford was due in Onondaga County Court Tuesday determine whether he meets the criteria for a persistent violent felony offender, which carries a mandatory maximum sentence of life in prison. However, is reporting the sentencing was delayed until November 26 while more information on the case is uncovered.

Sanford was convicted last summer of burglary as a sexually motivated offense.

In July 2012, he used a ladder to climb into a 21-year-old woman's apartment while naked. Sanford attempted to rape the woman but she fought him off, ran from the apartment and called 911.

Sanford was designated a Level III sex offender for sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy in 1987.

(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)