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Jury delivers guilty verdict in neighborhood fight

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 2:09 PM
Last updated 9:56 PM
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A Richmond County jury said Wednesday that John Manello is guilty of all the charges for which he was arrested in 2008 after his argument with a neighbor on Alene Circle.

An indictment said Manello lunged at his neighbor with a kitchen knife and threatened to burn down his house, which resulted in criminal charges of aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and terroristic threats.

Manello ended up in a hospital intensive care unit, however, after he was hit with a garden hoe in what witnesses said was self-defense.

Manello faces a minimum 25-year sentence, but it’s up to a judge to decide today how much of that time will be divided between probation and prison.

Manello was taken into sheriff’s custody immediately after the verdict was returned Wednesday.