SOMERVILLE, N.J. – A 36-year-old Manville resident hs been sentenced to seven years in prison for a 2018 sword attack against his neighbor, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Jared Razzano of North 9th Avenue, Manville, New Jersey was sentenced to State Prison on Friday, July 19th for the 2nd degree Aggravated Assault conviction. He must serve 85 percent of that sentence before being eligible for parole under the No Early Release Act.

Razzano was also sentenced to a concurrent term of 18 months in State Prison for the 4th degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon conviction.

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Robertson provided the following details of the incident:

Police responded to a 911 call on June 13, 2018 at 10:28 p.m. in the vicinity of Knopf Street and North 9th Avenue and found a man suffering from several deep lacerations to his head and arm.

Police were able to determine that Razzano had arrived home to his residence on North 9th Avenue to find his driveway partially blocked by a car. He went to the house across the street and demanded that the car be moved. The victim came out, apologized, and moved his car.

Razzano then called the victim over to his driveway and started attacking him with a sword. The victim tried to block the attack with a contractor’s level which he had gotten out of his car to return to a friend. In addition to the head wounds, the male victim, identified as a 40-year-old Manville resident,  his elbow shattered and two of his fingers nearly severed as a result of the assault. The victim was transported to an area trauma center for emergency treatment and underwent multiple surgeries.

The State was represented in this matter by Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Annemarie Mueller. The jury trial and sentencing were presided over by the Honorable Judge Anthony F. Picheca, Jr., J.S.C.