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St John man sentenced to 10 years for biting piece of man’s ear off

March 22nd, 2018 | Tags: Emanuel Greer imprisoned biting sentenced parole
Emanuel Greer of Calabash Boom, St John, US Virgin Islands, was on March 22, 2018 sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for an ear-biting incident that occurred a little less than two years ago. Photo: Internet Source/File
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CRUZ BAY, St John, USVI- Ten years in prison was the sentence US Virgin Islands (USVI) Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay on Tuesday March 22, 2018 handed down on Emanuel Greer of Calabash Boom, St John, for an ear-biting incident that occurred a little less than two years ago, USVI Department of Justice Public Media Officer Corliss Smithen has announced.

Greer, 47, a mugshot of whom was not provided by the Department of Justice (DOJ) nor the [US] Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), was punished on the single charge of mayhem, 10 months after a jury convicted him of biting off a piece of Akeimo Williams’ right ear, leaving him permanently disfigured, according to the release. “This matter has changed my life tremendously and forever,” Williams told the court at Greer’s sentencing. “Even at nights I can’t sleep on my ear because it’s uncomfortable; I still feel pain at times.”

As Greer has had two prior felony convictions, Attorney General Claude Earl E. Walker recommended that he be sentenced under the Habitual Offender Act and be imprisoned for 20 years, the DOJ said.

“When we aggressively prosecute cases like this, we are telling the criminal element that the good people of the Virgin Islands will never become accustomed to destructive behaviour,” Walker said. “We will not only reserve our outrage for murder cases, but also for cases such as this where the defendant has permanently altered the victim’s life in a disfiguring and harmful way.”

No years without parole

In handing down her sentence, Judge Mackay told Greer that as he is subject to the Habitual Offender Statute because of his two previous convictions, he will be sentenced to 10 years’ incarceration without being eligible for probation, parole or early release and that no portion of his sentence is suspended.

According to Williams’ testimony at trial, on the morning of June 4, 2016, he was on the ferry traveling to St John. Greer was also aboard the boat pacing back and forth and talking aloud to himself. Williams and Greer exchanged words after Greer told Williams and another man that their voices were bothering him. Greer threatened to throw Williams over the boat and drown him.

When the boat docked in St John, Williams disembarked the vessel and as he was walking to work, Greer attacked him, latched onto his ear four times, growled like a dog and bit into his ear until a portion of his ear came off, Williams told the court.

Williams was taken to Myrah Keating Clinic for treatment; however, doctors were unable to reattach the piece to his ear, according to court documents.

When given the opportunity to address the court on his own behalf, Greer said he was “truly sorry for the problems I caused this court.”

Immediately after he was sentenced, Greer was taken into custody and remanded to the Bureau of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.

Assistant Attorney General Nadja Harrigan argued the case for the prosecution.

8 Responses to “St John man sentenced to 10 years for biting piece of man’s ear off”

  • LOL (22/03/2018, 18:57) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another Mike Tyson lol
  • Excessive (22/03/2018, 19:34) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Two men fighting. One got biten fear game. At lease he didn't get shot. The sentence is very excessive..
    • Dont you know (23/03/2018, 05:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The pettier the crime, the more time you will serve. One person stole $50,00, Another person $5,00, the one that stole the less money will get the most jail time.
  • LOL (22/03/2018, 23:27) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    check him for rabies
  • just asking... (23/03/2018, 00:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did he eat the ear?
  • BVI pride (23/03/2018, 05:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am very proud of the prosecutor whose name has been featured in recent cases.

    Her parents are indigenous BVIslanders and she spent quite a lot of her growing up years in the BVI and attended our High School.

    Keep up the good works!!

  • Hmmm (23/03/2018, 09:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    While I am not condoning his behavior after reading this article and taking everything mentioned into consideration this sounds like a man that needs mental health attention to me. The Previous cases.
  • Tyson (23/03/2018, 14:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i bet it was holyfield


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