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Man Guilty of Blinding Uncle in TV Remote Fight

A jury convicted Exulam Holman of aggravated battery in 45 minutes, finding him guilty of gouging Melvin Clifford's eyes in a New Year's Eve attack.

A man who gouged his uncle's eyes in a fight over a missing remote control, leaving the 62-year-old man blind in one eye and partially blind in the other, was convicted of two felonies in less than an hour Thursday.

Exulam Holman, 33, 1130 McKay, will be going to prison for anywhere from three to 14 years when he's sentenced Oct. 11 for his New Year's Eve 2011 attack on Melvin Clifford, according to a press release issued by the .

The jury convicted Holman of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery of a senior citizen in 45 minutes.

The fight over the remote control took place at the Joliet Township home the pair shared, provoked when Clifford asked Holman about the missing televison device and escalating into a physical fight in which Holman initially pushed his uncle down some stairs, the release said.

When Clifford came back up the stairs, his nephew pushed him down, used his knees to pin the older man's shoulders to the ground and pushed his thumbs into Clifford's eye sockets. Clifford lost one eye and has limited vision in the other, the release said.

Although there were several people in the house, no one cooperated with the police investigation, according to the state's attorney's office. Clifford, a Vietnam veteran, had to call 911 himself, the office said.

“A prison sentence is critical to punish this act of extraordinary savagery against a senior citizen and a veteran,” Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said in the release.

This week's jury trial was the second for Holman. His first ended in a mistrial in July when one of the jurors recognized a witness' nickname and discussed it with other jurors.

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