James Tran booking photo
SACRAMENTO — The trial for the Sacramento man accused of the stabbing attack of an Air Force sergeant in late 2015 is slated to begin March 15, 2017, where he will face attempted murder charges.
James Tran, 29, who is accused of stabbing Sgt. Spencer Stone outside a nightclub in midtown Sacramento at 21st and K streets in midtown Sacramento, on October 8, 2015, will return to court on Thursday, January 19, 2017, for a pre-trial hearing.
Stone was stabbed four times with knife wounds to his heart, lungs, and liver. He was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries. Stone suffered a punctured heart, liver, and lung and later had open-heart surgery. He spent about a week in the hospital.
Tran was able to elude authorities for several weeks before being arrested in November 2015 in Elk Grove. He remains in Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.
Stone and two childhood friends, Anthony Sadler and Alex Skarlatos, became instant celebrities in August when they tackled and disarmed a gunman on a French train in the summer of 2015. In that attack, the gunman stabbed Stone near his carotid artery and nearly cut off his thumb as Stone subdued him.
The three were awarded France’s Legion of Honor and met with President Barack Obama at the White House in September 2015.
Police say Stone was not targeted because of his worldwide notoriety. The assault appeared to be alcohol-related and not an act of terrorism nor a hate crime.