Baptism Party Brawl: California Man Sentenced For Stabbing Guest At Church Event

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A California man who stabbed another guest at a baptismal party last fall was sentenced to one year in prison Friday for the incident.

Authorities say Yasmani Ramirez, 28, was at a baptism party in Redwood City in November when another member at the event “inappropriately” touched his wife while asking her to dance.

Following the incident, Ramirez approached the man on the dance floor and the two began arguing. Police reports say Ramirez then pulled out a folding pocketknife and assaulted the man.

“These are relatively young people — testosterone is still running rampant in them,” said San Mateo County prosecutor Steve Wagstaffe of the incident. “It turned into a couple of wild male elk in mating season locking horns — except for one party, the horns were a knife.”

The victim, a 24-year-old man, was stabbed in his lower abdomen and left forearm. He was transported to the hospital and underwent surgery for his multiple stab wounds.

On Tuesday Ramirez pleaded no contest and received a sentence of 364 days in jail, with credit of 221 days for time served, followed by three years of supervised probation.

He also was ordered to pay about $1,000 in restitution to the victim and to have no contact with him.

He currently remains in custody on $25,000 bail but is also ineligible for release.

ABC News reports that in addition to the jail time, authorities have placed a hold on Ramirez, an illegal immigrant, and they could begin deportation proceedings when he is released from prison.