Man sentenced to 15 years by Tarrant County jury after 3rd biting conviction

Man sentenced to 15 years by Tarrant County jury after 3rd biting conviction

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A 37-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for biting off another man's nose. It was the third time the defendant, Christopher W. Harris, has been convicted of biting another person, according to a release from Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon's office.

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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 9:10 PM

FORT WORTH -- A 37-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for biting off another man's nose.

It was the third time the defendant, Christopher W. Harris, has been convicted of biting another person, according to a release from Tarrant County District Attorney Joe Shannon's office.

“This man exhibited cannibalistic behavior time and time again,” said Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Brooke Panuthos. “Three people are physically scarred because of his utter lack of self control.”

Prosecutors said Harris, who is homeless, got into a fight with another homeless man while they were washing a car together, and Harris bear hugged the other man before biting off half of his nose.

The victim's nose could not be reattached.

The jury deliberated for about an hour before convicting Harris of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

In 2001, Harris was sentenced to nine months in for biting a jailer's finger, and in 2006, Harris was sentenced to four years in prison for biting off a piece of another man's finger, chewing, and swallowing it.

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