PINCKNEYVILLE, Ill. — A jury finds a Perry County man guilty on all charges he faced for gouging the eyes of a man in April.
Allen Fisher faces prison time for attacking Robert Pfister on a dead-end road near Fisher’s home. It took the jury about an hour to convict Fisher. Jurors found him guilty on three separate charges for effectively blinding Pfister in April 2018.
The charges say Fisher tortured Pfister, caused great bodily harm and intimidated him. Prosecutors believe Fisher attacked Pfister when the man was driving near Fisher’s home, looking at old cars, and they say Fisher told Pfister to never drive down his street again. Pfister said he wouldn’t wish what happened to him on anyone.
“All the people that were on that jury, they did a good thing,” Pfister said. “And I’ll be praying for his son, his wife and his family.”
Pfister said now he’ll focus on just getting through each day, “I’m just glad this chapter is done."
The guilty verdict ends two days of trial proceedings in Perry County. Testimony wrapped up Thursday with a man who says he was also attacked by Fisher in 2014 over a property dispute, also an attack where Fisher allegedly gouged the man’s eyes. Illinois State Police investigators also told the court about how they collected DNA in the case.
In his closing argument, Perry County State’s Attorney David Searby said Fisher’s actions were disturbing, noting testimony Pfister gave Wednesday that after learning of Pfister’s popped eye socket, Fisher adjusted his grip and kept attacking his face.
“He kept digging and digging and digging,” Searby said. “He wanted Mr. Pfister to understand, you don’t ever go down that road again.”
Fisher’s lawyer argued prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence tying Fisher to the attack. The jury disagreed. Fisher was immediately taken to the Perry County jail, where he’ll sit until he’s sentenced April 24.