A man has been found guilty of attempted murder in a disturbing case where he brutally attacked his 24-year-old estranged son with a sledgehammer near Simi Valley earlier this year.

Who is Anthony Nardini?

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office reported that a jury convicted 42-year-old Anthony Nardini of Bakersfield on charges of attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, and assault with a deadly weapon. The jury also upheld special allegations, including the use of a deadly weapon and causing severe bodily injury during the commission of a felony.

According to investigators, Nardini had recently reconnected with his son, and both were staying with family in an unincorporated area of Ventura County near Simi Valley. On the evening of March 19, a family dispute escalated into a fight between the two, which family members had to intervene to break up.

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However, when Nardini was alone with his son, he seized a sledgehammer found on the property and launched a brutal attack on his sleeping son, as detailed in a press release from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

The victim was left in a medically induced coma for several days but ultimately survived the horrific assault.

Ventura County Senior Deputy District Attorney Stu Gardner commented on the conviction, acknowledging that while it cannot undo the emotional and physical trauma inflicted by the father, they hope that the jury’s decision will bring some measure of solace to the young man who endured this unimaginable attack on his life.

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Anthony Nardini is scheduled to be sentenced on November 1 and faces a potential life sentence with the possibility of parole. He remains in custody without bail.