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Man sentenced to 10 to 15 years after cutting off man’s pinky finger

John Soares, 43, of Fall River, attacked the man over allegedly stolen money
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A man convicted of using a pair of pipe cutters to cut off a man’s finger over allegedly stolen funds was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in a state prison Friday.

John Soares, 43, of Fall River, was found guilty of those charges earlier this month, a statement from the Bristol County District Attorney’s office said.

"I would like to thank the court for imposing a significant state prison sentence for this barbaric act,'' District Attorney Thomas Quinn said in the statement.

The attack occurred in March of 2012, when the victim —then an employee of Columbia Towing in Fall River —was confronted by his boss about some money allegedlymissing from the business.


Prosecutors said that the man repeatedly denied he was responsible for taking the property, but was ordered by his employer, 51-year-old Donna Silvia, to write a confession.

After the victim reportedly again refused to say he stole the money, Soares entered the officeand had a brief conversation with Silvia while two other employees — Silvia’s husband, 47-year-old Dennis Silvia and 50-year-old James Connors — went into a garage and tipped surveillance cameras to face the ceiling, prosecutors told The Herald News.

It was then that Soares told the victim he needed to speak with him in that same garage, where he reportedlyaccused the man of stealing money. When he again denied the charge, the man took out a pair of pipe cutters and cut off the victim’s right pinky finger.

He then left the property with the finger and toolbag, authorities said. The finger was never recovered.

Three other co-defendants are still awaiting trial in this case: Both Silvias are charged with mayhem, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing substantial injury, and witness intimidation, according to the Herald News.

Connors is charged with mayhem and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing substantial injury.

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