SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif- The man charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and other crimes against two Arroyo Grande High students was sentenced Wednesday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
Police say that the conviction of 25-year-old Fernando Frias brings a close to on of the most violent assaults that has occurred in Arroyo Grande. According to Chief Annibali, "We will all sleep easier knowing Mr. Frias is in prison for the next three decades."
News Release From Arroyo Grande Police
In May of 2010, Fernando Frias, a 25 year old Santa Maria resident, was arrested after dragging a 17-year-old Arroyo Grande High School student under the Grieb Bridge on Fair Oaks Ave. The victim was walking home from school and Frias struck her in the head repeatedly with a rock. Frias was also charged with an attempted kidnapping of an 11 year old Arroyo Grande girl who was riding her bike. This attempted kidnapping occurred just 20 minutes prior to the bridge attack. Both times Frias asked the victims to help him find his dog. By means of a DNA match, Frias was then linked to two previous violent assaults in Los Angeles. Frias recently plead to the following charges and was sentenced today in San Luis Obispo Superior Court:
2 counts of Attempted Murder (1 for Arroyo Grande victim & 1 for LA victim),
2 counts of Kidnapping (1 for Arroyo Grande victim & 1 for LA victim),
2 counts of Sexual Battery by Restraint (one for each victim) ,
Criminal Threats (Arroyo Grande victim),
Attempted Kidnapping (Arroyo Grande victim on her bike),
Mayhem (LA victim).
Inflicting great bodily injury.
Using a deadly and dangerous weapon.
Total time sentenced is 43 years 8 months. Frias must serve 85% of the sentence or approximately 37 years less the credit he receives for the time already spent in jail.
Frias will be over 62 years old when released and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.
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