A Rancho Palos Verdes man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison Thursday, Dec. 20, a year after he attempted to kidnap a 13-year-old girl at gunpoint as she walked to school.

In November, Garrett Evans Webber, 55, pleaded no contest to one count of attempted kidnapping and admitted he had a firearm at the time, prosecutors said.

He had been in jail, without the option of getting out on bail, since he was arrested on Oct. 30, 2017.

“Mr. Webber will spend the rest of his life trying to make amends for what he did,” Webber’s attorney, Michael Norris, said after the sentencing. “He apologizes profusely to the victim and the victim’s family for what he did.”

The victim was walking toward Ridgecrest Intermediate School in the 28700 block of Highridge Road in Rancho Palos Verdes when Webber pulled up in his truck.

Webber got out, revealed a handgun, grabbed the girl and tried to force her into his truck. But she screamed and escaped and nearby witnesses ran to her aid.

Webber drove off, but witnesses gave Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies his license-plate number. Deputies went to his apartment and arrested him. Ridgecrest Intermediate locked down for more than an hour until deputies took Webber into custody.

At his apartment, investigators found several guns.

Webber told investigators he confronted the girl because someone threw an object at his truck, but investigators said they found no such evidence or witnesses to back that claim.

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