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Man Gets 25 Years in Court Officer Biting

September 8, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ A man who bit off part of a court officer’s ear during a probation hearing was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for the attack.

Gaeton Remy, 31, was convicted July 24 of multiple assault charges for the courtroom attack that prosecutors said left Officer Patrick Glynn permanently disfigured.

The incident occurred at a hearing last October. Officials said when Judge Stephen Knopf told Remy that he had violated his probation and would be taken into custody, he began to struggle with court officers.

During the fight, Remy bit down on Glynn’s ear with a ``sharp-edged gold metal denture,″ severing part of the lobe, prosecutors said.

Authorities said it took 18 stitches to close Glynn’s wound, and doctors did not reattach the outer piece. Two other court officers were injured in the melee.

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