‘Well beyond disturbing’: Palm Coast man sentenced to 50 years in prison for stabbing mother to death

PALM COAST, Fla. — A Palm Coast man was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Wednesday for stabbing his mother to death in 2017.

The state attorney’s office said Nathaniel Ryder Shimmel, 25, admitted to stabbing his mother numerous times after he believed she would throw him out of the house.

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“It is well beyond disturbing when a son murders his mother,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said. “This has been a nightmare for the family and my hope is that resolving this case will bring them a small measure of peace.”

Investigators said Shimmel confessed to the crime and in vivid detail described how terrified his mother was during the incident.

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He pled guilty to second-degree murder in the case.


Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.