Son pleads no contest to killing ex-prosecutor with ax

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — The son of a former federal prosecutor has pleaded no contest to killing his father in Virginia with an ax.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 32-year-old Frank X. Altimari pleaded no contest Tuesday to second-degree murder and malicious wounding in the November 2017 slaying of 61-year-old Nicholas Altimari.

Authorities say he hit his father and stepmother with a vehicle and then used a double-bladed ax to strike his father more than 40 times as his stepmother begged him to stop. She suffered a broken leg.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agree Frank Altimari was mentally ill at the time. He’ll be sentenced next year.

Nicholas Altimari served the eastern district of Virginia as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1992 to 2003. Frank Altimari was named for his grandfather, a former New York Supreme Court justice and federal judge.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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