Man pleads guilty to stabbing at baptismal party in Redwood City 

A thug has been christened.

The man who stabbed another guest at a baptismal party in Redwood City last fall pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge, prosecutors said Monday, and was sentenced to a year in County Jail and three years of supervised probation.

Prosecutors said Yasmani Ramirez, 28, of Redwood City knifed a man who had asked his wife to dance at the Nov. 17 party at the Highland Community Club on Fern Street. The victim reportedly put his hand on Ramirez’s wife’s back and shoulder before asking her to dance, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

That act ignited a brawl at the religious fiesta involving several, people including Ramirez, Wagstaffe said.

During the fight, prosecutors said, Ramirez “pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim once in the abdomen and slashed him on the arms four other times.”

The victim reportedly thought he had been punched in the stomach before he realized his abdomen had been sliced open. Wagstaffe added that the victim was prepared to testify against Ramirez.

On Friday, Ramirez reached a settlement with prosecutors that will allow him to avoid prison. He has been in jail since the stabbing, Wagstaffe said, and thus received 221 days credit for time served.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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