Man Bites Cop

Thief found guilty of biting cop

Tuesday, Apr 19, 2011  |  Updated 5:05 PM EDT
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A Washington man who tried to steal $160 in goods from a Home Depot and then bit an off-duty police officer who was trying to help restrain him has been convicted of assault.

A jury found 44-year-old George Ball guilty of felony assault on a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon and assault with significant bodily injury Monday. He pleaded guilty to second-degree theft before the start of the trial.

The officer, Anthony Wallace, was also shot in the elbow after Ball tried to grab the officer's gun and they struggled over the weapon.

Because Ball has two prior convictions for violent crimes, he faces a minimum of 15 years in prison when he's sentenced June 24 and could receive up to a life sentence.

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