ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Ten years in prison was the sentence V.I.
Superior Court Judge Kathleen Mackay handed down today on Emanuel Greer for an
ear-biting incident that occurred a little less than two years ago.
47, of Calabash Boom, St. John, 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.
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.”
Greer has had two prior felony convictions, Attorney General Claude Earl Walker
recommended that he be sentenced under the Habitual Offender Act and be
imprisoned for 20 years.
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 behavior,” 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.”
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.
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.
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
was taken to Myrah Keating Clinic for treatment; however, doctors were unable
to reattach the piece to his ear, according to court documents.
given the opportunity to address the court on his own behalf, Greer said he was
“truly sorry for the problems I caused this court.”
after he was sentenced, Greer was taken into custody and remanded to the Bureau
of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.
Attorney General Nadja Harrigan argued the case for the prosecution.