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Man pleads no contest in attack on Malibu jogger

January 6, 2011 |  3:43 pm

A 31-year-old San Bernardino man received a 24-year state prison sentence Thursday after pleading no contest to attacking a female jogger in Malibu, said a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Christian Marcus Verdin pleaded to felony counts that included assault with intent to commit a rape and  second-degree robbery, said spokeswoman Jane Robison. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Michael Kellogg dismissed two additional criminal counts, including assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft auto.

Verdin admitted attacking a 45-year-old woman jogger in March as she completed her run at Point Dume State Park in Malibu. He was carrying a weapon when he approached the woman and grabbed her from behind. She struggled before breaking free and jumping over a cliff, sliding 200 feet to the beach below.

Verdin drove off in the victim’s 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser and was arrested in April by sheriff’s detectives.

--Andrew Blankstein