An angry husband in Ohio did something drastic after he caught his wife in bed with an old lover earlier this summer.
According to Daily Mail, Virgil Bates III appeared in court on Monday and confessed that he attacked his romantic rival, Matthew Tipton, and bit off a part of the man’s ear. He then pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated assault, downgraded from a felonious assault charge, which he was originally indicted on.
Bates, 40, told officials that he returned home June 24 to see if his wife Heather was lying about breaking off her affair. When he walked in the door, he found his wife in an “amorous embrace” with Tipton, a 44-year-old welder, and a fight quickly ensued.
“He proceeded to clamp down and bite my forearm. I proceeded to panic, and I wound up biting his ear, and a piece of his ear came off,” Bates recounted in court.
Prosecutors said that the top part of Tipton’s ear could not be repaired, and that his medical treatment was “extremely painful.”
When the judge asked Bates why he didn’t just walk away after he caught his wife with another man, he replied, “To me, he was in my bed.”
Bates will be sentenced on August 31, and he is facing 18 months in jail. However, prosecutors say they plan to recommend probation as well as time at a correctional treatment facility for jilted spouses. Until his sentencing, Bates remains in the Lucas County Jail on $25,000 bond.
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