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Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 11:52 pm

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man who pleaded guilty to biting off a piece of another man’s ear and — in another incident months later — flicking blood at two prison guards, was sentenced to serve five months in jail Wednesday.

Shane Michael Ante, 31, pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor assault in the ear biting incident and one count of harassment as part of a plea agreement.

“That seems like a generous agreement, but there’s still a lot of jail time,” said Superior Court Judge Michael MacDonald as he imposed the sentence.

Ante must also pay $7,680 to the assault victim by this fall, pay an additional $6,233.75 to the victims compensation board, do 200 hours of community service and show the results of a test for blood-borne diseases to the prison guards.

Ante was arrested in September 2011 after a report that he bit off a third of a 39-year-old man’s ear and also bit a 21-year-old woman’s arm, according to court documents.

He was arrested again in April 2012 after a report he struck his ex-girlfriend, and was charged with harassment for flicking blood from an injury on his hand onto two guards.

Ante appeared in good spirits during the change of plea hearing Wednesday. Towards the end he turned around to smile and wink at his mother in the front row of the audience.

His mother said after the hearing that she was under the impression that in the ear-biting incident her son had been jumped and was taking responsibility for his role in the incident by pleading guilty.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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