Sentencing for Adan Espinoza Moore, Jr., 22, was set for July 16 by San Diego Superior Court Judge Leo Valentine, Jr. Moore was also convicted of assault with intent to commit rape and four counts of felony assault.
The 21-year-old victim was leaving the mall about 8:20 p.m. on Aug. 30, 2014 and was walking toward a pedestrian bridge over La Jolla Village Drive. Moore came up behind her and clamped a hand over her mouth and began dragging her up a grassy hill.
Deputy District Attorney Aidee Brunner said Moore choked her four times while moving her and while assaulting her in the bushes. When she screamed, Moore choked her again, she said, but bystanders intervened, and Moore fled.
The attacker’s DNA matched Moore’s, and he was arrested Nov. 17. He was also convicted of sexual battery by restraint.
Brunner said Moore faces a life sentence in prison that includes parole plus seven years. The trial lasted four days, and Moore did not testify. Hr remains in jail on $250,000 bail.
-- Neal Putnam