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Boss gives order to cut off her employees finger for stealing

By Mason White 12:33 PM December 30, 2016
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By: Feng Qian

The owner of a business has ordered an employee to cut off a coworker’s finger after being accused of stealing, according to police in Massachusetts.

Fall River police said that they have arrested 51-year-old Donna Silvia, who is the owner of Columbia Towing, after being accused of giving an order to cut off her employee’s finger.

Silvia has been charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. She has been sentenced to serve up to 10 years in prison after being convicted by a jury.

According to the criminal complaint, Silvia accused one of her employees of stealing from the business. She ordered him to write a confession in spite of his repeated denials.

When the man refused, another man used a pipe cutter to cut off the victim’s right little finger. The finger was then destroyed.

Silvia told the victim to report the loss of her finger as an accident that did not occur at her business. The husband of Silvia, Dennis Silvia, and two employees, John Soars and James Connor, were also charged with assault.

Soars was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison.