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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Point Dume Assailant Is Sentenced to 24 Years in State Prison

• Count on Deadly Weapon Dismissed

Christian Marcus Verdin, a 31-year-old San Bernardino man, accused of attacking a 45-year-old female jogger March 12, 2010 at the Point Dume Headlands was sentenced on Thursday, Jan. 5, to 24 years in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Verdin pleaded no contest to one felony count of assault with intent to commit rape and one count of second-degree robbery. He also admitted a prior strike and admitted the weapon allegation as part of a negotiated plea, according to Deputy District Attorney Pamela Revel.
Verdin was sentenced by Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Michael Kellogg, who dismissed two additional counts, assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft auto, according to the DAs office.
Verdin approached the Malibu resident while she was running at Point Dume State Park. He allegedly was carrying a weapon (scissors or a knife) when he assaulted her. During the struggle, the woman managed to break free, sliding 150 feet down a cliff to the beach below.
Verdin then drove away in the woman’s 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser. He was arrested in April 2010, when detectives from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department determined that a DNA match identified him as the alleged assailant.

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