A fisherman who used chum to attract sharks to the pier had cut it loose after hooking it but failing to land it, Robles said. Marine biologist Eric Martin told CNN affiliate KABC that it likely was a “response bite” by the juvenile shark and “the swimmer just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.” “I thought ‘Oh, my God, this is it, I’m gonna die,” Robles said. But the shark’s bite was not deep, sparing Robles’ ribs and organs, he said. “It wasn’t a full-size bite,” said Capt. Tracy Lizlotte, a lifeguard for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The scars to his psyche may be deeper. Robles, who would swim two miles from the Hermosa Beach pier to the Manhattan Beach pier each Saturday, said he is afraid to go back into the water. “I hope I do someday, but it’s off the table right now.” He spent a restless night Saturday, waking up from nightmares, he said.
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J. Michael Farren, 61, is being tried in absentia on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child. Judge Richard Comerford approved his request last Thursday that he not attend what is expected to be a weeklong trial. Farren said the stress of attending could damage his mental health, and his absence would probably lessen media interest in the case. Farren is facing a maximum 50-year prison sentence if found guilty on all counts. On the stand, Mary Farren, 47, said earlier in the evening of Jan. 6, 2010, at their multimillion-dollar Wahackme Road home in New Canaan, the couple discussed ending their 15-year marriage. She said Farren slammed his hands down on a counter after demanding she withdraw the divorce papers and said, “Not tonight,” in reference to her request for his mother or sister to join them.
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