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Biter sentenced after eight years

July 08, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former Chambersburg man who bit a supermarket security guard almost eight years ago and failed to show up for sentencing received a jail term of 90 days to 23 months Wednesday in Franklin County Court.

"Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield's ear, and I don't like biters," Judge John R. Walker told Ronald Grant, 43, as he sentenced him for simple assault.

According to court records, Grant had been arrested on Aug. 1, 1991, at County Market, 76 W. Liberty St. The report said store security saw a man stuffing packages of round steak and cube steak down his pants.

When security guards William Perry and Patricia Kennedy confronted the man, he bit Perry on the neck and forearm and pushed Kennedy to the ground, according to the affidavit of probable cause from Chambersburg police.

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Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams said Grant later pleaded guilty to the simple assault charge in exchange for the dismissal of other charges. Grant, however, failed to show up for sentencing.

Grant told Walker he moved to Florida to get a job and had left his new address with court officials. He said he was never notified to appear in court.

"Do you think the tooth fairy came down and just lifted the charges?" Walker asked.

Grant was taken into custody in Tallahassee on May 4 and waived extradition back to Franklin County, according to court records. Attorney Michael J. Toms said Grant had been working as a chef at Florida State University.

Walker said Grant's long absence did not influence him in the sentencing. Since Grant served 36 days after his arrest in 1991 and has been incarcerated since May 4, he is eligible to apply for parole.

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