Freedom wasn’t in the cards for William Don Ross, the dejected gambler who attacked a luckier card shark with a sharpened screwdriver after losing upwards of $10,000 at a Colma casino.
On Friday, prosecutors said, the 31-year-old Brentwood man was sentenced to three years in state prison for the March 26, 2012 attack.
San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Karesh denied probation for Ross, who received 709 days credit to his sentence for time he’s already served.
During an early-morning gambling session, according to prosecutors, Ross watched as he lost $6,000 and $10,000 at Lucky Chances in about five hours. At one point he was accused of trying to steal chips off the table.
Prosecutors said a frustrated Ross then followed a fellow card player out of the casino and trailed him in his car to Serramonte Plaza in Daly City.
In the parking lot, Ross covered his head with a pink hoodie before going after the other card player with a screwdriver, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. He stabbed him while screaming that he wanted his money back.
Ross also reportedly bit a witness who tried to intervene, Wagstaffe added.
Before the attack, witnesses said, Ross had been sharpening his screwdriver between two cars in the parking lot. Video surveillance at the casino also caught him following the other card player out.