Eye-gouging scuffle over TV remote lands man 14 year prison sentence

Eye-gouging scuffle over TV remote lands man 14 year prison sentence

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This undated photo provided Jan. 4, 2012 by the Will County Sheriff's Office in Joliet, Ill., shows 32-year-old Exulam Holman. Holman was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic battery on Dec. 31, 2011, accused of gouging his uncle's eyes out during a fight over a remote control. Officials with the Will County Sheriff's Department say they were called to a Joliet Township home on where a deputy found the 62-year-old victim with blood streaming from his eyes. (AP Photo/Will County Sheriff's Office)

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Posted on October 19, 2012 at 7:31 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 7:59 AM

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- A 33-year-old Joliet man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for a brutal attack of his elderly uncle.

Authorites say Exulam Holman gouged his uncle’s eyes with his thumbs over a missing television remote control. A Will County judge sentenced Holman on Thursday. A jury convicted him in August of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery of a senior citizen.

During the trial, prosecutors told the jury that Holman attacked his uncle, Melvin Clifford, on New Year’s Eve, pushing him down the stairs and later pinning him to the ground and gouging the elderly man’s eyes with his thumbs.

Prosecutors say Clifford lost one eye in the attack and his vision in the other eye is limited.

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