A 56-year-old Gardnerville man was sentenced Tuesday to five years in Nevada state prison after he struck his brother with a 3-foot ax handle resulting in a broken arm, and more than 50 stitches for the victim's head wound.
"I want to apologize to my family and my little brother," said Donald Beckerdite. "Whether he cares or not, I love him to death."
Beckerdite faced up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
District Judge Dave Gamble said he could not dismiss the incident as "a simple fight between two brothers."
Beckerdite must serve a minimum of two …