Prison Sentence in Manslaughter Case

Michael Tortolani, 28, of Cape Coral, was adjudicated guilty and sentenced today for the murder of his mother. The defendant was sentenced to 12 years in prison for one count of Manslaughter, 5 years in prison for one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and one year in jail on each of two counts of Battery. The sentences are to be served concurrently.

On October 3, 2020, early in the day, the defendant got into a physical fight with his parents at their Cape Coral home. The argument and fighting ended and the defendant left the house as did his father, leaving his mother at home by herself.

Hours later the defendant returned home. Based on the physical evidence at the scene, and the investigation of the Cape Coral Police Department, he got into an altercation with his mother and repeatedly hit her, killing her.

Assistant State Attorney Andreas Gardiner, of the State Attorney’s Office Homicide Unit, prosecuted the case.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office