Man who bit basketball coach's ear to spend 4 years in prison

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A Springfield man will spend up to four years in jail for biting off part of a basketball coach's ear last year.

Timothy Forbes was convicted of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and mayhem. Forbes attacked the winning basketball coach in a Catholic Youth Organization championship game in March 2012. Fifth- and sixth-graders were playing in that game.

A doctor who performed reattachment surgery on the victim's ear said about 2 inches of the total 5 inches of the ridge of the ear was gone.

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