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former corrections officer of violent felony assault in stabbing incident
| SARATOGA –
A 65-year-old Wilton man was convicted by a Saratoga County Court jury on
charges of felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
This stemmed from a road rage incident that occurred September 10, 2011 in the Town of Wilton where Frank Soriano encountered another vehicle on Carr and Northern Pines roads near McGregor Golf Course. Soriano became enraged at the way the other motorist was driving Northern Pines Road, bumped his car from behind, and then ran up to the other driver and began hitting him near the victim's car.
The victim said "stop" and then defended himself. Once the victim started to defend himself from Soriano's aggression by punching Soriano in the face, Soriano taunted the victim as he continued to hit him and said, "hit me harder is that all you've got?"
After a few punches, the victim stopped and started to return to his car, but Soriano attacked him again, this time from behind, grabbed him in a bear hug, threw him against Soriano's driver's side mirror and stabbed the victim in the back and left front side. The victim also suffered a slash wound to his left forearm. Fearing for his life, the victim returned to his car, and drove to find his wife at the nearby pharmacy.
The victim suffered significant blood loss before an ambulance arrived to take him to a Life Net helicopter, which flew him to Albany Medical Center. The victim was treated in the emergency room and released the following day from the hospital.
Soriano claimed self-defense, but the jury rejected that claim when they reached their verdict.