DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota woman who pleaded guilty to biting off another woman’s ear at a New Year’s Day party has been sentenced to six months in a community corrections facility.
As part of a plea agreement, 25-year-old Joelyn Rose Hart of Red Lake acknowledged that she intentionally bit off the woman’s ear and also bit her nose. The victim underwent three reconstructive surgeries to re-attach her ear.
The assault happened during on Jan. 1, 2009 during a party on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.
Hart faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the charge of maiming.
A message left with her federal defender Saturday was not immediately returned.