California

Man pleads guilty in stabbing of French train hero

  • FILE - This Feb. 5, 2016 file photo shows James Tran, who faces charges for the alleged stabbing of Paris train hero Spencer Stone, is seen during his appearance in Sacramento Superior Court. Tran, is pleading guilty to stabbing a U.S. airman who weeks earlier was hailed as a hero for helping thwart a terror attack aboard a French train. A spokeswoman for the Sacramento County district attorney's office, says, Tran pleaded guilty to attempted murder Friday, March 10, 2017 less than a week before he was to go on trial. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    FILE - This Feb. 5, 2016 file photo shows James Tran, who faces charges for the alleged stabbing of Paris train hero Spencer Stone, is seen during his appearance in Sacramento Superior Court. Tran, is pleading guilty to stabbing a U.S. airman who weeks earlier was hailed as a hero for helping thwart a terror attack aboard a French train. A spokeswoman for the Sacramento County district attorney's office, says, Tran pleaded guilty to attempted murder Friday, March 10, 2017 less than a week before he was to go on trial. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This Feb. 5, 2016 file photo shows James Tran, who faces charges for the alleged stabbing of Paris train hero Spencer Stone, is seen during his appearance in Sacramento Superior Court. Tran, is pleading guilty to stabbing a U.S. airman who weeks earlier was hailed as a hero for helping thwart a terror attack aboard a French train. A spokeswoman for the Sacramento County district attorney's office, says, Tran pleaded guilty to attempted murder Friday, March 10, 2017 less than a week before he was to go on trial. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    FILE - This Feb. 5, 2016 file photo shows James Tran, who faces charges for the alleged stabbing of Paris train hero Spencer Stone, is seen during his appearance in Sacramento Superior Court. Tran, is pleading guilty to stabbing a U.S. airman who weeks earlier was hailed as a hero for helping thwart a terror attack aboard a French train. A spokeswoman for the Sacramento County district attorney's office, says, Tran pleaded guilty to attempted murder Friday, March 10, 2017 less than a week before he was to go on trial. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)  (The Associated Press)

A California man has pleaded guilty to stabbing the U.S. airman who weeks earlier was hailed as a hero for helping thwart a terror attack aboard a French train.

Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman for the Sacramento County district attorney's office, says James Tran pleaded guilty to attempted murder Friday, less than a week before he was to go on trial.

The 29-year-old faces a nine-year prison sentence.

He admitted knifing Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone in 2015 during a fight near a Sacramento bar.

Stone is one of three Sacramento men who tackled a gunman with ties to radical Islam on a Paris-bound passenger train in August 2015.

Tran's attorney, Donald Masuda, did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press.

Tran is set for sentencing May 12.