MINOT, N.D. — A 53-year-old North Dakota man has been sentenced for biting off a co-worker’s ear during a fight.

Authorities say Gary Eiland and the other man were fighting over where to place merchandise at a Minot lumber and hardware store in September 2015 when Eiland bit off 80 percent of the other man’s ear. Doctors weren’t able to reattach it.

Eiland said he was acting in self-defense, but he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.

The Minot Daily News reports that he was sentenced Monday to time served of two days and ordered to spend three years on supervised probation. He also was ordered to pay nearly $3,000 in restitution and $1,100 in court costs.


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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