Fall River Man Convicted Of Cutting Off Victim’s Finger
A Fall River man was convicted of cutting off another man's finger.
Gregg Miliote, the Director of Communications for the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, says that on Friday afternoon 43-year-old John Soares was convicted by a jury on charges of mayhem and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon--causing substantial injury.
An employee at Columbia Towing in Fall River was confronted on March 28, 2012 about money that was missing from the business.
The victim repeatedly denied having anything to do with the missing money and was ordered by his employer, 51-year-old Donna Silvia, to sit in a hallway and write a confession.
After the victim refused Soares walked into the office and had a brief conversation with Silvia, while her husband, 47-year-old Dennis Silvia, and another employee, 50-year-old James Connors, went into the garage and allegedly tipped surveillance cameras so that they were facing the ceiling.
Soares then told the victim he needed to speak with him in the garage and once they were both inside he accused the victim of stealing the money.
The victim once again denied the claims and Sousa took a pair of pipe cutters out of a bag he was carrying and cut off the victim's right pinky finger.
Miliote says Soares then left the building with the pinky finger which was never recovered.
The jury convicted Soares in less than an hour, after a two day trial in Fall River Superior Court.
He was then ordered held in jail pending his sentencing on Sept. 23.
Donna Silvia and her husband, Dennis Silvia are both awaiting trial or disposition on charges of mayhem, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon-causing substantial injury and witness intimidation.
James Connors is awaiting trial or disposition on charges of mayhem and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon-causing substantial injury.