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UPDATE: Jury finds Canyon Country man not guilty in attempted murder case

Posted: July 24, 2013 5:31 p.m.
Updated: July 24, 2013 6:55 p.m.

A jury on Wednesday found a disabled Canyon Country man not guilty of attempted murder for a stabbing during a fight with another man over a woman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

The same jury also found Raymundo Soto, 35, not guilty of assault with a deadly weapon, said Shiara Dávila-Morales.

The jury issued its verdict late Wednesday afternoon, she said.

Although Soto was found not guilty of the felony charges against him, the nine-woman, three-man jury in San Fernando Superior Court found Soto guilty of two misdemeanors: concealing a firearm on his person and carrying a loaded firearm on his person in a city.

He was immediately sentenced to one year in Los Angeles County jail, minus the time he has already served behind bars, Dávila-Morales said. She confirmed he has already spent a year behind bars since his arrest April 4, 2012.

Accused of engaging in a knife fight with another man, Soto uses a wheelchair to get around most of the time but can slowly hobble on his feet with a cane. During his trial he took the witness stand in his wheelchair.

Soto was charged with stabbing Daniel Muir, the estranged husband of Soto’s girlfriend, during an altercation at the home where Soto and the woman were living on Feb. 29, 2012,

He testified Monday that he tried to come to the aid of the woman, Jessica Jackson, that day because Muir had come to talk to her and Jackson was screaming for help from behind a closed bedroom door.

He testified that he hobbled to Jackson’s aid with his cane and a can of pepper spray, and the two men got into a fight. Muir grabbed the knife first, he said.

Soto said Muir stabbed him once but he grabbed the knife after it fell to the floor and stabbed Muir four times in the back.
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