Virgil Bates is no one to mess with. In fact, he may rival Mike Tyson on this one — and we don’t mean with his left hook.
Recently, Bates came home to find his wife in bed with another man, Matthew Tipton. The two got in a fight, as would be expected, but shockingly, the 40-year-old Bates bit off a chunk of his rival’s ear.
In court, Virgil Bates admitted a charge of aggravated assault following the attack on Matthew Tipton in Ohio on June 24. Bates had initially been charged with felonious assault but admitted the amended charge.
He explained what happened when he caught his wife with Tipton to Judge Ruth Ann Franks:
“I was able to get [Tipton] in a headlock. He proceeded to clamp down and bite my forearm. I proceeded to panic, and I wound up biting his ear, and a piece of his ear came off.”
Bates is due to be sentenced on August 31. He faces up to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors are expected to recommend a treatment center and community service.
He is currently being held on $25,000 bond.
As for Matthew Tipton’s ear — the court heard that it could not be repaired.
Do you think Bates went too far or was his action justified considering what he’d just witnessed?