Ronald Lloyd Peckford, 63, was also given 12 months of probation and ordered to pay a $150 victim fine surcharge when he was sentenced by Judge Catherine Allen-Westby in provincial court in Corner Brook Wednesday.
Allen-Westby convicted Peckford of assault causing bodily harm in August.
The assault took place at Pinchgut Lake on Jan. 30, 2011.
On that day, Peckford’s son informed him of an incident that involved the son and another man, the latter whom had been operating a backhoe.
Upset about that incident, Peckford confronted the victim by climbing up on the piece of heavy machinery and opening the door of its cab.
After a verbal exchange, Peckford became so infuriated that he started hitting the backhoe driver.
The man struck by Peckford was later diagnosed with detached retinas in both of his eyes.
During his trial, Peckford admitted to hitting the man about four times, but Allen-Westby believed it had to be more than that.
Medical evidence presented at trial indicated that, although the victim may have been susceptible to this type of injury, the damage was precipitated by the blows inflicted by Peckford.