Sacramento Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Unprovoked Attack at Levi’s Stadium

Sacramento Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Unprovoked Attack at Levi’s Stadium

A Sacramento man, Alejandro Garcia, has been sentenced to seven years in state prison for his involvement in an unprovoked attack at Levi’s Stadium during the CONCACAF Gold Cup last summer. The incident occurred on July 2, 2023, during a soccer match between Qatar and Mexico. Garcia was also denied probation for his actions, which Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Aidan Welsh described as an “unprovoked attack on three victims.”

One of the victims, Emmanuel Diaz Leal Soto, suffered a stab wound near the upper collarbone during a fight that erupted in the stands. The severity of the attack highlights the gravity of the situation, and Welsh emphasized that the victims were fortunate to have survived. Welsh further emphasized that attending sporting events with families should be a safe experience, and there is no justification for such senseless violence.

In response to the incident, Soto has filed a lawsuit against the city of Santa Clara and the San Francisco 49ers, the stadium’s management. The lawsuit alleges that there was insufficient security to prevent someone from bringing a knife into the venue. Soto is seeking damages exceeding $35,000. The legal complaint states that despite the tensions and intimidation between fans of both Mexico and Qatar, the stadium and government authorities failed to adequately address safety concerns and intervene to protect spectators like Mr. Soto.

Utilizing advanced video technology, Santa Clara police identified Alejandro Garcia as a suspect within 24 hours of the stabbing. He was subsequently arrested at his home on suspicion of attempted murder. Another person of interest was also identified but was released from custody at the scene.

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