Niccolo Manzanero gets 25 years for stomping attack in Bethesda garage

August 11, 2014

A 33-year-old Montgomery County man was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday for a stomping attack inside a parking garage in Bethesda last year. Niccolo Manzanero had previously been found guilty of attempted second-degree murder at trial.

A witness recorded video of the attack, which was played in court, and it showed Manzanero repeatedly stomping on a man’s head.

“It is only by the grace of God” that he didn’t die, Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. McCally told Manzanero. She said Manzanero had showed a complete lack of respect for human life: “It is mind-bending to me.”

Manzanero also spoke in court. He said he was sorry to Maryland residents, his family, his friends and the victim. Manzanero said if he “could press the rewind button” on that night, he would. The assault occurred about 1:15 a.m. on April 26, 2013, in a garage off St. Elmo Avenue. The victim suffered fractures to his cheek bone, nerve damage and cuts that required 20 stitches, according to court records.

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Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.
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