A 23-year-old San Francisco man is facing life in prison for a stabbing near Union Square on the day of the Giants' 2010 World Series victory parade that left another young man paralyzed from the chest down, according to prosecutors.
Oscar Arana was convicted Monday of aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon causing paralysis in connection with the Nov. 3, 2010 stabbing, District Attorney George Gascón said.
That day, the then-21-year-old victim was reportedly walking with pals from a friend’s Chinatown home about 9:30 p.m. when they ran into another group of friends near the Grand Hyatt in Union Square.
The victim was reportedly joking around and uttered something that Arana, who was intoxicated, found offensive. Arana, who wasn't friends with the victim but had gone to high school with him, then came up from behind the victim and stabbed him four times in the back, puncturing his kidney and spleen.
“This cowardly and abhorrent act changed the victim’s life forever,” said Gascón, adding the victim will be wheelchair-bound for life.
The trial lasted for over two weeks, with the jury beginning deliberations Thursday. Though Arana was found guilty of the two charges, the jury found him not guilty of attempted murder, prosecutors said.
Still, the charge of aggravated mayhem carries a possible life sentence, prosecutors said.
Arana is scheduled to be sentenced July 29.