Mill Valley Man Pleads 'No Contest' to Trying to Throw Wife Off San Mateo-Hayward Bridge

Corte Madera gym owner and Mill Valley resident Xavier Jarrell McClinton, 48, pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court to felony domestic violence, prosecutors said.

Xavier Jarrell McClinton Facebook Photo, http://goo.gl/3YhDNK
Xavier Jarrell McClinton Facebook Photo, http://goo.gl/3YhDNK
By Bay City News Service: 

A Mill Valley man who prosecutors say tried to throw his wife off of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge during an argument in December pleaded no contest on Thursday to a domestic violence charge, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office. 

Xavier Jarrell McClinton, 48, pleaded no contest in San Mateo County Superior Court to felony domestic violence with an enhancement for infliction of great bodily injury and a serious felony allegation, prosecutors said. 

The plea was made in return for an agreed-upon maximum sentence of seven years in state prison, prosecutors said. McClinton's sentencing is scheduled for May 16. 

McClinton was driving east on state Highway 92 with his wife on Dec. 13 when the couple began to argue inside their white Honda Pilot, according to the district attorney's office. 

The vehicle began to swerve and crashed into the guardrail. Witnesses then saw McClinton get out of the car, drag his wife out of the car and attempt to throw her over the side of the bridge, prosecutors said. 

She was saved by motorists who got out of their cars to help and McClinton fell around 15 feet into the Bay during the struggle. 

He was arrested after being rescued by Alameda County fire officials. 

McClinton's wife testified at his preliminary hearing that after a visit to Tiburon that morning, he began to make paranoid statements about the cars around them and appeared agitated. 

She and McClinton live together with her mother and their three children in Mill Valley and share a Corte Madera fitness center called "Body By X."

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markrpope April 09, 2014 at 01:03 PM
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, who intentionally let the statute of limitations expire without charging PG & E for the deadly San Bruno fire that burned alive 8 people over three years ago is known for overcharging crimes to get ridiculously long sentences against those too poor to hire their own lawyer to fight him. With all the drug user, not seller, prosecution policy changes being recommended by the federal government he still spares no expense to go after ridiculously long sentences for drug possession for their own use crimes. An acquaintance of mine recently had to spend 7 weeks in jail there on a plea bargain for a mere possession charge, a crime that would not have even been charged in San Francisco County. It cost him all his savings and he is HIV positive so in addition to the cost to San Mateo County he is now indigent in San Francisco, so those taxpayers will pay for this absurd prosecution too. Who wins in this? Well in addition to the openly bong smoking bail bondsman getting big fees, apparently Steve Wagstaffe thinks it gets him re-elected. After all, we don't care who cares who gets burned alive as a result of big corporate fraud as long as poor people serve maximum time, right? Kamala Harris doesn't care either and won't prosecute. Should be some big campaign checks in the mail from PG & E next election for these two, or perhaps a cushy board of directors position is in the future! As for me, I'm spending my money anywhere but San Mateo County, and no, I've never bought an illegal drug in my life or been charged with anything but speeding, jaywalking, or failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. I fought and beat the bogus jaywalking rap and with the help of a lawyer, the failure to yield to an emergency vehicle rap. When you are innocent, all it takes is the money to hire your own good lawyer. As for this man's wife's injuries, since the Mill Valley Patch/Bay City News can't be bothered collecting any "facts" not twisted by the prosecutor, I think it is more likely her injuries were caused by her over zealous rescuers than by her husband. Apparently she, like he, would have survived the short 15 foot or less fall into the shallow water and mud unhurt had she not been "saved" - yanked up by her feet. Yet he, a black man, was charged with attempted murder and at least two other crimes. I'll jump off the bridge at that spot, as long as no motorists will try to save me, if the'll recommend the judge reduce the punishment to probation and psychiatric evaluation. Was he even evaluated by a psychiatrist? I guess nobody cares.


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