A man was sentenced for biting his girlfriend’s nose, an ‘unforgivable’ act said by a judge.
John Abdo, 30, formerly of Wagner, was sentenced Monday for charges of aggravated assault and escape during a hearing at the Charles Mix County Courthouse. The charges stem from Jan. 7, 2016, when Abdo “bit the nose off” his girlfriend, court documents state. Judge Bruce Anderson sentenced Abdo to 15 years for the crime, but suspended eight.
In court, Abdo has been found guilty of aggravated assault.
Judge Bruce Anderson sentenced Abdo to serve 15 years in prison. However, 8 years of the sentence was suspended after the victim asked the judge to dismiss all the charges against Abdo.
According to the police investigation, Abdo launched a vicious attack against his girlfriend following an argument. He bit off her nose, and then chewed her torso, arms, legs and face.
Abdo was also sentenced to five years for escape, with four-and-a-half of these years suspended by Judge Anderson. The escape charges come after Abdo failed to return to jail following a job interview on Feb. 17, 2016, in which he was released on furlough from the Charles Mix County Jail. He was found and arrested on June 10, 2016, according to Deputy Charles Mix County State’s Attorney Scott Podhradsky.
According to Podhradsky the harm caused to the victim’s body is “horrific.” Along with the victim’s nose bitten off, Podhradsky said the doctor described the countless bite wounds to her torso, arms, legs and face more like “gnawing” than a bite.
A jury found Abdo guilty of the aggravated assault during a two-day trial on Feb. 13 and 14. It was during this trial in which the 22-year-old victim testified. It was revealed during Monday’s sentencing that woman whose nose was bitten wrote a letter to the judge asking him not to prosecute and she’d like to dismiss all charges.
According to Judge Anderson he would take the victim’s letter with “grain of salt” just before issuing his sentences.
The sentences will be served consecutively and Abdo will be credited for 384 days previously served in jail. The credit will be issued to the aggravated assault sentence and none for the escape, the judge said.