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5-year sentence in neighborhood fight

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 12:23 PM
Last updated 6:33 PM
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A man found guilty of threatening his neighbors with a kitchen knife was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, followed by 20 years of probation.

Superior Court Judge Michael Annis said he is locking up John Manello because he is a “very dangerous, violent person.”

Manello faced a minimum 25-year sentence for his charges, but it was up to the judge to decide how much it would be set up.

Manello was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated assault, possession of a knife during the commission of a crime and terroristic threats after two days of testimony about a 2008 fight between neighbors on Alene Circle.

Manello was struck in the head with a garden hoe after witnesses said he threatened to burn down his neighbor’s house and menaced them with a knife.

During sentencing, the victims said they lived in terror of Manello after the incident, but Manello denied any wrongdoing when given a chance to speak.

“I assaulted nobody, your honor. I’m the victim here,” Manello said.

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seenitB4 02/16/12 - 07:14 pm
I guess the neighbors can

I guess the neighbors can rest a little easier now.

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