PATERSON, N.J. - A city man was convicted Thursday on attempted murder charges stemming from an argument that began over a game of pool, said Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes.

The man, Ramon Martinez, 53, was found guilty after a jury trial before the state Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed. The jury convicted Martinez of of two counts of First Degree Attempted Murder, two counts of Third Degree Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and one count of Third Degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

"During the trial, victims Alex Mena, 41, of Clifton, and Daniel Aguilar, 30, of Newark testified that on Sept. 13, 2014 they were playing pool with Mr. Martinez when an argument erupted and escalated into a physical altercation," said Valdes in a statement. "Prior to the altercation, the victims testified that they observed Mr. Martinez walk across the street to his vehicle and then returned. At some point during the altercation, Mr. Martinez stabbed both victims, causing them life-threatening injuries which required immediate medical attention."
Sentencing is scheduled on Feb. 3, 2017 before Mohammed. Following the guilty verdict, Mohammed revoked Martinez's bail and remanded him to the Passaic County Jail pending sentence. Martinez faces up to 40 years in state prison with 85 percent to be served before parole eligibility pursuant to the No Early Release Act, Valdes said.