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Clovis man sentenced to ten years for nose biting

A 36-year-old Clovis man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for biting off another man’s nose.

Joey Maes, convicted in March of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery, was sentenced Wednesday in the 9th Judicial District Court, records show.

Following his prison sentence, Maes will be required to serve three years supervised probation, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

Maes was attending a family barbecue April 19 in the 100 block of Westerfield. Witnesses said Maes was arguing with a female who was also a guest at the home and when they continued arguing, they were thrown out of the party, according to court records.

Witnesses told police Maes returned to the home, kicked in the front door, grabbed a knife off the kitchen counter and began threatening people with it.

Records show Gilbert Aburto and two other men pinned Maes against the kitchen counter in an attempt to disarm him and Maes bit off a piece of Aburto’s nose.

Police found the piece of Aburto’s nose lying on the kitchen counter.