Man Sentenced to 13 Years in State Prison After Stabbing Attack on Jogger in Rossmoor

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James Anthony Rivas appeared in court on Oct. 29, 2012. (Credit: KTLA)

A 20-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 13 years in state prison for repeatedly stabbing a woman who was jogging in Rossmoor in 2012.

James Anthony Rivas was found guilty in April of one felony count each of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

He was also convicted of a sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury, the release stated.

The attack occurred around 9 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2012, as the 27-year-old victim was jogging through a residential neighborhood in Rossmoor.

Rivas ran up behind the woman, who turned around and confronted him, prosecutors said.

Rivas stabbed the woman multiple times with a knife, knocked her to the ground and got on top of her, according to the DA’s office.

The defendant cut the victim’s face, back, arm, and hand.

The woman was eventually able to knock the knife out of Rivas’ hand. He ran away after a neighbor who heard the victim’s screams came outside, the release stated.

The woman was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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