A man who stabbed his drinking buddy three times in the neck during an argument last Fourth of July over who was “more of a man” was sentenced Thursday to four years behind bars.
Roberto Miron Romero, 31, of East Palo Alto, pleaded no contest to felony assault and other charges in connection with the senseless assault at Bell Street Park in his city.
On that day, according to prosecutors, Romero, the 20-year-old victim and a friend shared two 12-packs of beer over several hours before an argument began over who was more of a man.
“The angry suspect took out a knife and said he was going to cut the victim’s heart out,” San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Instead, Wagstaffe said, Romero slashed at his throat and then stabbed him in the neck.
“The victim screamed he had been stabbed and took off running with the suspect chasing him, yelling he was going to kill him,” Wagstaffe said.
The victim was rushed to the hospital and survived. On Thursday, Romero received 331 days credit to his four-year sentence for time already served.
A restitution hearing is scheduled for June 11, Wagstaffe said.