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(SILVER SPRING, Md.) — A Maryland man could spend two years behind bars after disputes with his neighbor that have simmered for half a decade.

Neighbors Socrates Kondilis and George Buckland live in Silver Spring, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Photographs taken by Buckland show Kondilis knocking down his neighbor’s fences, blocking the driveway and flashing his middle finger, according to a report by ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington.

Kondilis has hurled stones at Buckland and threatened to shoot him, according to Buckland’s attorney, Mark Emden. Buckland has also accused his neighbor of putting motor oil in his swimming pool, among other various offenses.

Montgomery County Sheriff Darren Popkin said Kondilis has brought frustration to the neighborhood.

“He’s violated the peace orders, he’s been arrested. Every time he’s been arrested he says he’s going to do better and then he’s right back out there bothering them again. It’s been a difficult couple of years,” Popkin said.

As a result of the dispute, the Bucklands sued Kondilis last fall for harassment and won. A judge ordered Kondilis to attend anger management courses — but he lied about taking the classes and was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, court records show.

Kondilis’ wife Maria blames Buckland for the neighborly dispute.

“This guy gives me heart problems — for me, for my husband and my kids,” Maria Kondilis said.

Kondilis is being held without bond before his sentencing in September.

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