A Rohnert Park man convicted of grabbing a girl who came to his door selling painted pine cones was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

Prosecutors said Timothy James Allbritton, 49, pulled the 12-year-old about eight feet into his Enterprise Drive apartment before she screamed and got away.

She ran straight home to her parents and the heavy-set ex-convict was immediately arrested. A jury convicted him of kidnapping last month.

Allbritton stood in court with his arms crossed as Judge Gary Medvigy handed down the mid-term sentence. He faced a possible 11 years in prison.

Medvigy said he was troubled by Allbritton's comment in a Probation Department report that the girl's parents were partly to blame for allowing their child to walk the apartment complex unsupervised.

The judge said crimes like this have struck fear into parents, who in years past might have let their kids walk free in their neighborhoods.

"You've turned that on its head," Medvigy said from the bench.

The girl previously testified she had been going door to door last summer selling pine cones when she stopped at Allbritton's apartment to offer him some. Instead, he gave her paints and brushes and asked her to come back with decorated items.

When she returned Aug. 9, he grabbed the girl and tried to carry her toward a bedroom. She resisted, trying to wedge her foot in the door frame, but the 6-foot, 287-pound man overpowered her, prosecutors said.

She got away when he set her down for a moment. The encounter was over in a matter of seconds.

Allbritton initially told police he was only trying to prop the girl up because she fainted. Officers said he told them, "I have that effect on women," prosecutors said.

Upon further questioning, he described the girl as a "10" and said he wanted to hug and kiss her inside his apartment, police testified.

Jurors deliberated less than 10 minutes to reach a verdict.

His lawyer, Jeff Mitchell, argued Allbritton had no intention of sexually assaulting the girl.

Mitchell said Allbritton was being flip when he made the statements to police. He said the comments should be viewed in light of a long-term mental condition for which Allbritton was on disability at the time.

But prosecutor Rosanne Darling said Allbritton's more recent probation writings show a darker side. The defendant wrote that "I don't care" about terrifying a young girl, among other things, Darling said.

The judge agreed there was more at work than mental illness. However, he cut three years off the maximum for mitigating factors.

"It's clear to the court that you will continue to pose a danger to the community, even with the appropriate medications," Medvigy said.

You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com.