CRIME

Ohio man who bit off part of wife's lover's ear when finding them in bed together is sentenced

An Ohio man who bit off part of his wife's lover's ear after finding them in bed together has been sentenced to six months in a correctional treatment center.

Forty-year-old Virgil Bates III, of Toledo, must also pay the victim $5,600 and spend four months in a work-release program. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault this month and was sentenced Monday.

Authorities say Bates confronted his wife and her lover in June, leading to a fight. Bates told a judge the man bit his arm during the fight, prompting him to bite back. The missing ear part couldn't be reattached.

His attorney says it's a fair outcome. Bates and his wife had been separated for two years but have since reconciled.