Menlo Park man convicted in knife attack sentenced to two years


A Menlo Park man convicted of assault with a deadly weapon was given a two-year sentence in state prison on July 18, but will be released in 85 days after receiving credit for time served and good behavior, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Roberto Gonzalez, 28, who tried to stab another man whom he accused of being his brother's killer in a Menlo Park homeless encampment in August 2018, pleaded no contest on June 11 to the charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

Gonzalez used two knives during the incident, according to the DA's office. The victim was asleep in an encampment when the assault occurred.

Someone tried to intervene, but fled when he saw Gonzalez's two knives, according to the DA's report. Another person helped the victim get away, and they reported the incident.

Gonzalez made the no-contest plea on the condition that he will serve no more than two years in prison, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

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