Defendant Also Bribed Victim to Stop Her From Testifying
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to six years in prison for second-degree Assault and additional charges for savagely beating and biting the mother of his child.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant beat his ex-girlfriend--the mother of his child-- and then ferociously bit her face twice. The second bite caused a laceration from the victim’s mouth to her mid-cheek, requiring 40 stitches. The defendant bribed the victim to stop her from cooperating, but we proceeded with an evidence-based prosecution because those who commit horrendous acts of domestic violence must be held accountable.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Koran Hilliard, 35, of 2772 Williamsbridge Road, was sentenced today to six years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision by Bronx Supreme Court Justice John Carter. The defendant was found guilty of second-degree Assault, Bribing a Witness, fourth-degree Tampering with a Witness and 29 counts of second-degree Criminal Contempt on December 18, 2019, after a bench trial.
According to the investigation, at 3:00 a.m. on January 29, 2017 at a nightclub at 220 West 242nd Street, the defendant approached the victim, Markeha Richardson, 31, and bit her in the left cheek. The defendant continued assaulting the victim outside the club, where he pulled her hair, punched her multiple times in the face, and bit her right cheek. The defendant then forced the victim into his car and sped off, crashing into a pole a few blocks away.
According to the investigation, Hilliard called the victim 164 times while he was in Rikers Island, in violation of six orders of protection. During the calls, the defendant offered to pay the victim for her facial plastic surgery in exchange for her not testifying against him.
Because of the defendant’s misconduct, the victim did not cooperate in the case and refused to testify against him. The People continued the case after a Sirois hearing, during which evidence including the victim’s Grand Jury testimony was determined admissible in court.