Man admits harassing neighbors
September 26, 2013
A 71-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man was sentenced Wednesday to 120 days in Douglas County Jail, suspended, after he pleaded guilty to harassment of his neighbors.
Ron E. Aniello apologized to the victim who said she and her family moved after three years because of their fear of the suspect.
"We felt really threatened," the woman said. "I had to gather up a lot of money to move."
The woman said she now lives in Carson City.
"My two sons have really bad dreams, they were scared to go out. They would ask me, 'Is the neighbor going to try to kill us?'" she told East Fork Judge Tom Perkins on Wednesday.
According to reports, deputies were dispatched to the duplex in the 800 block of Pollen Court at 2 a.m. on May 21.
The woman said she was awakened to screaming and loud music coming from Aniello's side of the house.
Aniello allegedly made racial slurs and threatened to kill the family. The victim said she recorded Aniello's threats on her cell phone.
She said her children were afraid to walk to the school bus stop, and that Aniello watched them from his yard or a window in his residence.
Aniello's lawyer, Ron Cauley, called the incident an ongoing neighbors' dispute.
He said Aniello had complained about the number of people living in the neighbors' unit, and about barking dogs.
The day of the alleged incident, Aniello's girlfriend reportedly told deputies that he had been dealing with a toothache and "binge drinks" to alleviate the pain.
"I am very sorry," Aniello said Wednesday. "I would never hurt anyone. I want to offer a sincere apology for my inappropriate behavior in relation to the issues with these neighbors."
Cauley said his client had arranged for counseling and was looking forward to it.
East Fork Judge Tom Perkins ordered him to abstain from alcohol.