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MITCHELL, SD — A South Dakota man will spend 7 years in prison for gnawing off his girlfriend’s nose.

The ass-kicking 30-year-old John Abdo gave his 22-year-old girlfriend happened back in January, when he caused injuries to the woman that State’s Attorney Scott Podhradsky described as “horrific.”

Along with her nose being chewed off, Podhradsky said she had countless “gnawing” wounds to her torso, arms, legs and face. Abdo was taken into custody but allowed to leave jail to go on job interview. He never returned and wasn’t apprehended until four months later.

His trial didn’t take place until this past February, ending with the jury finding Abdo guilty of aggravated assault. Before his sentencing on Monday, Abdo maintained his innocence and said he was “just ready to get it over with.” He added that he and his attorney plan to file an appeal.

Also added to the record was an email from the South Dakota Department of Corrections that stated Abdo had been incarcerated six times previous, and had violated his parole upon every release. It was also revealed that the woman who had her nose chewed off wrote a letter to the judge stating she wanted to drop all charges against Abdo, despite testifying against him in February.

Judge Bruce Anderson said he would take the victim’s letter with “grain of salt” before sentencing Abdo to 15 years for the aggravated assault crime, but suspended eight. He also sentenced Abdo to five years for escape, with four-and-a-half of those years suspended. Both sentences will be served consecutively and Abdo will be credited for 384 days previously served in jail.

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