Commonwealth v. Daniel Gordon Anderson; Judge Imposes Maximum Sentence in Deadly Stabbing Case

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth's Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Daniel Gordon Anderson, 48 years old, formerly of the 1000 block of Smoke Tree Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced for a charge of Voluntary Manslaughter.  On April 26, 2017, Anderson was found guilty of this charge after a three-day jury trial.  The jury fixed his punishment at ten (10) years in prison, which is the maximum punishment for this offense.  Circuit Court Judge Les L. Lilley, who presided over the trial, formally imposed that sentence today.

The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on September 3, 2016, Daniel Gordon Anderson killed his neighbor, Joseph Nardo, by stabbing him repeatedly. Late that evening, Nardo returned home from going out to get a sandwich from Cal'z.  An argument ensued between Nardo and Anderson, and Anderson stabbed Nardo three times with a steak knife.  Nardo was able to make it into his home before collapsing and ultimately succumbing to his injuries. 

Police later recovered the blade of the knife down the street.  The handle to the knife was found outside of Anderson's residence in the landscape.  Witnesses identified Anderson as the suspect.  During an interview with investigators, Anderson stated that there was no argument or physical contact between himself and Nardo.

Anderson has prior convictions for Assault and Battery of a Family Member (2 counts), DUI, and Destruction of Property.​

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Julie L. Fink and Brandon C. Emery prosecuted this case. Please contact Macie Allen if additional information is desired.