A vicious Bronx felon who bit into his ex-girlfriend’s cheek during a furious beating, then tried to bribe her into dropping the charges, was sentenced to six years behind bars Monday.
Koran Hilliard, 35, unleashed the fury on Markeha Richardson, 31 — the mother of his 5-year-old son — outside Barcelona Bites, a now-shuttered Bronx night club on Jan. 29, 2017.
Hilliard pulled her hair, punching her in the face, and bit her cheek twice, ripping her flesh from the mouth to the middle of her right cheek. He then forced her into his car, drove off, and wrapped the vehicle around a utility pole, prosecutors said.
After his arrest, he was relentless in trying to get Richardson to drop the charges, calling her 164 times from Rikers Island and offering to pay for her reconstructive surgery. She refused to testify against him at trial, though prosecutors got her grand jury testimony into the court record.
“The defendant continues to show no remorse for what he has done,” said Assistant District Attorney Sean McCauley.
Hilliard’s lawyer, Cesar Gonzalez, argued that he didn’t remember the attack, and repeatedly told him, “I don’t think I did that,’ over the course of the trial. Gonzalez asked for leniency, noting the victim wrote a letter on Hilliard’s behalf.
“Ms. Richardson is not asking the court for the maximum (seven-year) sentence. Neither am I,” he said. “The only one who is, is the people.”
Judge John Carter said the victim may still be afraid of Hilliard.
“She may rely on him for financial support, she may still believe he loves her, that he didn’t meant to hurt her, that he’ll change, she may be afraid of retaliation,” he said. “Nevertheless, Ms. Richardson did suffer a serious injury to the face, and it was intentional.”