Plea Deal for Man Who Tried to Throw Wife Off Bridge

Marin gym owner will serve no more than seven years in state prison.

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    San Mateo District Attorney
    Xavier McClinton

    The man who authorities say tried to toss his wife off of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge will serve no more than seven years in state prison after pleading no contest, according to reports.

    Xavier McClinton, a 48-year old Marin County personal trainer, was suffering a weeks-long "psychotic break" when he was found Dec. 13 trying to throw his wife off of the bridge, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    The pair, who had been married for eight years and have three children, had been arguing before the couple's Honda Pilot crashed into the guardrail, the newspaper reported. When drivers got out of their cars to assist McClinton's wife, she still suffered "major facial injuries" -- but he fell off the bridge and into the water, not her.

    McClinton had had two weeks of "paranoid behavior" leading up to the incident, his attorney said. It's not clear why.

    He had been initially charged with attempted murder, but under the deal has pleaded no contest to felony domestic violence, the newspaper reported.

    He'll be in jail until his May 16 sentencing hearing.