SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who used a box cutter to stab a man in his neck on the San Diego Trolley before taking a vehicle from another man outside a restaurant near the Old Town station is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.
Gregory Charles Davis, 55, pleaded guilty last month to assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury, assault likely to cause great bodily injury, willful cruelty to an elder and auto theft. All four charges are felonies.
As part of his guilty plea, Davis is expected to receive a nine-year prison term.
In an earlier hearing, a couple of fellow trolley riders testified Davis was acting erratically before he came down an aisle, yelled something and stabbed a man he apparently knew around 12:30 p.m. last Sept. 26. The victim required emergency throat surgery for a life-threatening wound, authorities said.
The prosecutor said that after the stabbing, Davis got off the trolley and punched a 75-year-old man near Perry's Cafe and drove off in the man's car, causing two hit-and-run crashes as he drove away. A television news cameraman later spotted the vehicle abandoned on the 805 freeway, and Davis was taken into custody off the 7800 block of Mission Center Road.
A San Diego police detective testified Davis told him gangsters or U.S. Marshals were on the trolley trying to make a case against him, and that he hit someone with a box cutter.
Davis admitted stealing the car near Old Town and getting into an accident, the detective said.
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