Michael Bryant
Michael Bryant

A former North York man who attacked his roommate with a machete as they argued over rent money must serve more than six years in prison.

Michael Andricus Bryant, 49, now of Atlanta, pleaded guilty Friday in York County Court to a single count of aggravated assault and was sentenced to 6-1/2 to 13 years in state prison.

As part of a negotiated plea agreement, charges including attempted homicide and reckless endangerment were dropped, court records state.

The victim, Nicky Serrano, suffered cuts to his arms and neck during the May 3 attack inside Bryant's former home in the 1000 block of North Duke Street, Northern York County Regional Police have said. Serrano was 36 at the time, police said.

Barricaded: When officers responded to the apartment, they found that Serrano — bloody and shirtless — had barricaded Bryant in a second-floor bedroom, police said.

A third roommate, Angelina Shorb, told officers the men were arguing over rent and over Bryant's disdain for living in Pennsylvania, police said. Bryant is a Georgia native, according to police.

Shorb is Serrano's sister and, at the time, was Bryant's girlfriend, police said.

During the argument, Bryant grabbed a machete with a 14-inch blade, which he kept under his bed, according to police.

Serrano grabbed Bryant by the neck as they continued to fight, and Bryant sliced Serrano with the machete, police said.


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Hid machete: Shorb told officers she got the machete away from Bryant, then hid it in a trash can on the front porch of the house.

When officers arrived, Serrano had a large gash on his neck and arm, police said.

An officer used his medical kit to treat Serrano, whose condition was deteriorating, until medics arrived and took him to York Hospital, court documents state.

Bryant later told officers he used the machete in self- defense when Serrano grabbed him.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.