Sep 24, 2015 2:39 PM by News Staff
A man identified by authorities as a member of the Norteno Street Gang has been convicted of attempted murder in a 2012 stabbing in Redding.
A Shasta County Jury on Wednesday found 39-year-old Michael Diaz III guilty on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of battery causing serious bodily injury and one count of active participation in a criminal street gang, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.
Just before 1 a.m. on Saturday August 25, 2012, Redding police found Eric Woods and Aaron Plympton near Adams Lane and Camino Court with severe stab wounds.
Police arrested Diaz a short time later when they found him sleeping in bloody clothes, with a bloody knife in his pocket, behind Enterprise Community Day School.
Prosecutors say the attack happened when Diaz mistook Woods and Plympton for rival gang members. Diaz reportedly snuck up on the men, stabbed one of them in the back, and then slashed the other.
Both Woods and Plympton were rushed into emergency surgery and survived the attacks.
Diaz faces more than 50 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 10, 2015.