Illinois Man’s Eyes Gouged in Fight Over TV Remote

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – The Will County state’s attorney’s office plans to file formal charges against a man who allegedly gouged out his uncle’s eyes in a fight over a remote control.

Spokesman Charles Pelkie says 32-year-old Exulam Holman will be charged formally Wednesday afternoon with aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery of a person over age 60. Holman wouldn’t be eligible for probation if convicted of the latter charge.

A judge on Tuesday ordered him held on $1 million bond.

Authorities say Holman attacked his 62-year-old uncle, Melvin Clifford, on New Year’s Eve in a dispute over the TV remote. They say he pushed the older and much smaller man to the floor before straddling him and putting his thumbs into his eyes. He then allegedly pushed Clifford down the basement stairs.

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