A 25-year-old Santa Maria man accused of hitting an Arroyo Grande High School student in the head with a rock and throwing her down an embankment two years ago has pleaded no contest to several crimes, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Fernando Frias entered into a plea agreement earlier this week to allegations relating to three victims. He is expected to be sentenced to 43 years and eight months in state prison on July 25 before Judge Barry LaBarbera in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
For the May 26, 2010, attack on a female student near the Fair Oaks Avenue bridge in Arroyo Grande, prosecutors said Frias pleaded no contest to the following charges: kidnapping, attempted murder, sexual battery, criminal threats, and the enhancements of infliction of great bodily injury and use of a deadly weapon.
The victim, who was 17 at the time, testified in a preliminary hearing that Frias grabbed her and hit her with a rock repeatedly during the attack, during which he threw her to the bed of Arroyo Grande Creek near the Fair Oaks Avenue bridge. She feared he would rape her if the attack continued, but Frias fled when a bystander came along and scared him off.
Frias also pleaded no contest to the attempted kidnapping of another victim in Arroyo Grande on May 26, 2010, and admitted to a prior strike and prison convictions.
In a consolidated Los Angeles County case from 2006 that was tried locally, Frias pleaded no contest to kidnapping, attempted murder, sexual battery, mayhem and criminal threats and admitted an enhancement of infliction of great bodily injury.
Jeff Radding, Frias’ attorney, had no comment.