A man who attacked a woman on a Balboa Park trail and tried to steal her cell phone was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in state prison.

Ameen Bryant
Balboa Park attack suspect Ameen Bryant. Photo courtesy of Fox 5 San Diego

Ameen Bryant, 22, pleaded guilty last month to attempted robbery.

He was originally charged with assault with intent to commit rape, but a jury deadlocked 8-4 for acquittal. The attempted robbery charge was added after Bryant admitted on the witness stand that he attacked the victim with the intent to steal her phone.

Bryant — who has a 2012 armed robbery conviction from Los Angeles — was sentenced by San Diego Superior Court Judge Howard Shore.

During trial, prosecutor Renee Palermo said the defendant stalked, then grabbed the victim on the trail Jan. 14 as she walked during a lunch break from work.

—City News Service