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Man found guilty of cutting neighbor’s ear, fingers with chain saw

Anthony Metcalf / phoprovided by Chicago Police

Anthony Metcalf / photo provided by Chicago Police

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A Far South Side man was found guilty Tuesday of cutting his neighbor’s ear and fingers with a 14-inch mechanical chain saw after the two friends got into a drunken argument over money.

“He came with the chain saw,” Preston Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times from his hospital bed after he was attacked by Anthony Metcalf in the 1000 block of West 103rd Street last year.

“He chain sawed my car, and then I pushed the door open to get him back. I got out so I could get away. He just started swiping at me, and he cut my hand.”

Cook County Judge Dennis Porter found Metcalf, 51, guilty of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm following a bench trial.

Metcalf faces two to five years in prison.

At the time of Metcalf’s arrest, a defense attorney said the two had fought over money Metcalf owed Smith.

But Smith said he was unsure what set his friend off.

He said he went to Metcalf’s house for a beer after he finished his shift as a city Streets and Sanitation driver before the situation turned hairy.

“We were sitting back there,” Smith recalled last summer. “He was just talking, just talking crap.”

“I think he got a little intoxicated — a lot intoxicated.”

Smith also said he suspected his friend of 40 years was depressed after losing a job as a car salesman.

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