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Suspect in stabbing of French train hero Spencer Stone gets new court date

James Tran, facing attempted murder charges in the October 2015 knife attack on France train hero Spencer Stone, will return to a Sacramento courtroom in January to set a trial date in the incident.

Attorneys in the case appeared Friday before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White, who set a January 19 hearing date.

Tran, 29, faced an August preliminary hearing in the late night attack Oct. 8, 2015 during a melee outside a midtown nightclub.

Stone was stabbed four times during the violent brawl with four men near 21st and K streets.

Tran remains held at Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of $2 million bail, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s records.

The attacker’s blade punctured the sergeant’s heart, liver and a lung and Stone was nearly killed in the attack which was captured on nearby surveillance cameras. Stone had to undergo open-heart surgery.

Tran was arrested in connection with the attack the following month, in November, on an Elk Grove-area freeway offramp.

The attack on Stone, an Air Force sergeant, happened shortly after he and childhood friends Sacramento State student Anthony Sadler and Oregon National Guardsman Alex Skarlatos halted a terrorist attack aboard a French passenger train August, 2015 while the three were on vacation. Stone was seriously wounded when the trio subdued a AK-47-wielding gunman on the train.

The three were honored as heroes in France and the United States for thwarting the attack, receiving the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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