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Lower Brule man pleads guilty to biting woman's ear

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A Lower Brule man has pleaded guilty to assault charge for biting a portion of a woman's ear.

Earl LaRoche, 53, pleaded guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

The charges stem from an incident on October 9, 2011, when LaRoche unlawfully assaulted the victim by biting off a portion of her ear, according to a release from U.S. State's Attorney Brendan Johnson. The wound required 25 stitches and resulted in permanent disfigurement.

LaRoche was released on bond pending sentencing. A sentencing date has been set for March 25, 2013.

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