A transient who assaulted and tried to rape a 71-year-old woman while she knelt praying in a Glendale church in 1993 has been sentenced to 11 years in state prison, a prosecutor said.
Filiberto Maldonado, 35, pleaded guilty in Pasadena Superior Court this week to felony charges of kidnaping for the purpose of rape, assault with intent to commit rape, and inflicting great bodily injury, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Nishikawa. The sentence imposed is the maximum allowed by law, he said.
At about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 3, 1993, the victim, a Glendale woman, who is now 73, was alone praying inside the sanctuary of Incarnation Roman Catholic Church, 1001 N. Brand Blvd., when Maldonado approached her from behind and tapped her on the shoulder.
When the woman turned around, Maldonado grabbed her and dragged her, kicking and screaming, into a restroom at the rear of the church, where he tried to rape her.