Nose-biter given two years in jail

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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) – A Bristol nurse has been sentenced to two years in prison for biting off part of a former neighbor’s nose.

Tania Thomas, 31, was found guilty of biting off part of 25-year-old Jessica Wilson’s nose on Nov. 4.

The two had been fighting for more than a year over a man, Moussay Ortiz.

“I didn’t mean to hurt her like I did,” Thomas said.

Superior Court Judge John Cronan said it was difficult to sentence Thomas, a single mother of a 9-year-old.

“This was a very vicious attack, and the victim is going to be disfigured for the rest of her life,” he said.

Cronan granted a request by Thomas’ attorney to allow Thomas to remain free on $100,000 bond until she can appeal.

Wilson did not attend the sentencing, but Thomas and her parents made statements.

Ann Thomas, Tania’s mother, described her daughter as a “really good kid” who put herself through school and earned a nursing degree even though Ortiz provided no alimony or child support.

The six-person jury that convicted Thomas after just 15 minutes of deliberation heard from witnesses including an emergency room nurses who said Watson’s injury was among the worst she’d seen in 27 years of nursing.

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