Man who bit off part of wife’s lover’s ear gets house arrest

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who bit off part of his wife’s lover’s ear during a scuffle will serve house arrest and probation.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/297PUpA ) Scranton resident John Teeple III was sentenced Thursday to four years of court supervision and three months of house arrest. He pleaded guilty to simple assault, reckless endangerment and a weapons offense.

Authorities say Teeple saw his wife’s lover driving a car he was paying for and confronted him. That led to a scuffle in which Teeple bit off part of the man’s left ear.

Teeple says the fight was the culmination of an emotional time that resulted in the end of his 14-year marriage.

Defense attorney Bill Thompson says his client didn’t start the physical fight.

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