Apr 11, 2015 11:38 AM by News Staff
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Prosecutors say a Northern California man has been convicted of torture, mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon for purposefully running down a state firefighter in his car after an argument in San Francisco in 2011.
Firefighter Albert Bartal hit his head on a curb and suffered a traumatic brain injury after being hit by an SUV. A seasonal firefighter with Cal Fire, Bartal lost consciousness and has been in a coma ever since.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports Eduardo Chaparro-Esquivel was convicted Thursday of using a rented vehicle to ram Bartal at San Francisco gas station. The two men had apparently gotten into a fight at a nearby restaurant just before the incident.
The 27-year-old South San Francisco man faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment with the possibility of parole when he is sentenced May 6.
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