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March 31, 2016

Voorhees man sentenced to 8 years for killing neighbor because of loud birds

Victim, 52, was stabbed three times

A moment of rage over the squawking pet birds of a neighbor will cost a Voorhees, New Jersey, man eight years in prison for fatally stabbing the birds' owner, according to online court records.

David P. Giordano, 65, was found guilty in February of killing Michael Taylor, 52, in 2012. He was sentenced to prison by Judge Samuel Natal on Wednesday.

At trial, Giordano had been found guilty of aggravated manslaughter, but he was cleared of a more serious first-degree murder charge.

Giordano had lived upstairs from Taylor on the 3000 block of Sherry Court in Voorhees and had ongoing issues with noise from the pet birds the victim kept on his porch below. On June 5, 2012, Giordano dumped water on the animals because he thought they were chirping too loudly, according to information from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

Taylor went upstairs to confront Giordano, who was a butcher, and Giordano stabbed his neighbor three times. Taylor died 19 day later.