Saratoga County man tried in alleged road rage stabbing
Posted at: 09/19/2012 5:35 PM
| Updated at: 09/19/2012 5:56 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
BALLSTON SPA - It started with two complete strangers angry at each other.
It was September 10, 2011. Frank Soriano, a retired corrections officer, and Jeff Streicher a 42-year-old disabled landscaper have a road confrontation that leads to blows and a stabbing.
It happened on Northern Pines Road in Wilton, near McGregor Country Club. Police accuse Soriano of using a T-handled dagger similar to this, to stab Streicher in the abdomen and lower back.
Prosecutors contend Soriano was the aggressor. He's being tried on four felony counts, including first degree assault.
If he's found of guilty of assault in the first degree, the 64-year-old Soriano could be sentenced to up to 25 years in state prison."
But his attorney Michael Koenig paints Streicher as the aggressor. Pointing out to the jury that he's a trained boxer with a history of anger issues. On cross examination, he asked Streicher's wife,
"Does your husband have a bad temper?" asked Koenig. She answered, "At times."
Koenig continued, "Does he get angry? "Sometimes."
Koenig says Soriano was just defending himself against the younger, more athletic Streicher.
Prosecutors contend Soriano started the fight and nearly ended Streicher's life. But after the confrontation, a bleeding Streicher got back in his car and drove a short distance to this CVS where his wife was shopping for a birthday card.
Linda Streicher told the jury what she saw when her husband walked into the store.
"It's kind of hard to see your husband bleeding to death.I remember it pouring out of him, like you would turn on a garden hose."
Frank Soriano remains free on bail. He is expected to testify in his own defense. The trial continues Thursday.