Man Facing Life in Prison for Stabbing Victim in the Back

June 25, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Oscar Arana, age 23, of San Francisco was convicted yesterday afternoon, of aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon causing paralysis.

“This defendant stabbed the victim in the back four times and caused him to become paralyzed from the chest down.” said District Attorney George Gascón. “This cowardly and abhorrent act changed the victim’s life forever.”

According to court testimony, on November 3, 2010, the victim and defendant were hanging out with a group of friends near Union Square. Unprovoked, the defendant came from behind the victim and stabbed him four times in the back. One of the wounds punctured the victim’s kidney and spleen. The other three were concentrated in the middle of the victim’s back and left the then 21 year old man, paralyzed from the chest down and wheelchair-bound for life.

 The trial lasted for over two weeks. The jury deliberated for two days and returned a verdict yesterday afternoon. They found the defendant guilty on aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon causing paralysis. The jury found the defendant not guilty of attempted murder. Aggravated mayhem carries a life sentence. The defendant’s sentencing is scheduled for July 29, in Dept. 24 at 9am.

This conviction is attributable to the great work of San Francisco Police Department Inspector Samson Chan. Patricia Barragan was the victim advocate assigned to the case. Assistant District Attorney Lindsey Chow prosecuted the case.