A 38-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for attacking a woman in her Kansas City, Kansas, home nearly 20 years ago.

The Kansas City Star reports Jibri Liu-Kinte Burnett was sentenced to 17 years and eight months in prison during a hearing Thursday in Wyandotte County District Court. He pleaded guilty last month to sexually assaulting the woman and stabbing her multiple times in the August 1999 attack.

In 2001, before the identity of the suspect was known, prosecutors filed criminal charges under the name of "John Doe" so the statute of limitations would not run out before a suspect could be identified.

Authorities say DNA evidence in 2014 linked him to the crime.