MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ/AP) – Two Michigan brothers who authorities say attacked the owner of a rival Italian eatery in Shelby Township have made a plea deal in the case.

The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reports 59-year-old Tirami Su Ristorante owner Giuseppe D’Anna and 46-year-old Girolamo D’Anna pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of assault with a deadly weapon and witness intimidation.

The brothers earlier faced steeper charges including assault with intent to murder, extortion and witness intimidation.

Authorities say the D’Annas stormed into Nonna’s Italian Kitchen near 23 Mile and Schoenherr at closing time on April 28th and beat owner 35-year-old Pietro Ventimiglia, striking him on the head 11 times with an aluminum baseball bat. Prior to the attack, Ventimiglia had expanded his restaurant from a seating capacity of 40 to 90. Nonna’s is located across the street from Tirami Su.

The brothers could face two to 17 months in prison. They remain free after posting bond ahead of sentencing, which was set for Dec. 13 in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens.

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Comments (3)
  1. Weebles says:

    These Idiots tried to reopen THEIR restaurant (Tiramisu) under “New Management” after their customers drastically fled – NOW I don’t know if they have tried opening up Pomo Dioro at that same location or if that is new ownership, but NO ONE is going there either – it used to be before this happened that Tiramisus’ parking lot was full every night (75+ cars). Now they are lucky if there are 10-15 cars there each night. Sad. Another case of idiots not owning up to their stupid actions until it is WAY too late. And what a sorry law system that allows these idiots to post $25,000 bond and be free on bail while awaiting sentencing, when they almost beat someone to death. I think what they should do is call a news conference, apologize to the victim and victims’ family, public, and their customers, for their stupid actions, maybe say something like “We are going to give a portion of all sales to the victim to pay medical costs or whatever”, and “Please don’t stop coming to Tiramisu or Pomo Dioro because of our stupid actions”.

  2. Lisa says:

    thanks for your support. Please write your comments to Judge Carretti at
    One South Main Street
    Mount Clemens, MI 48043
    case no 112951-fc
    Lets try as a community to make a difference and get the most jail time for these bad guys. Please pass this info along. The more letters, the better.
    Forever Grateful,
    The victims family

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