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Man found guilty of elder abuse in assault on 70-year-old stroke victim

A Sacramento County jury on Monday convicted a 41-year-old man of elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon in a July attack on a 70-year-old relative.

Michael Diaz attacked the relative, who is partially paralyzed from a stroke, grabbing her out of her wheelchair, throwing her on the ground, pulling her hair and smashing her head on the ground, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s news release. When Diaz’s disabled brother attempted to come to the victim’s rescue, Diaz assaulted him with a deadly weapon, authorities said.

Diaz has numerous prior felony convictions for offenses including false imprisonment, unlawful sexual intercourse, assault with a firearm, possession of a deadly weapon and multiple vehicle thefts. He also has several misdemeanor convictions, including domestic violence batteries, corporal injury to a dating partner, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.

He is to be sentenced Feb. 20.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.