NJ court rejects 15-year term for bitten fingertip

February 8, 2011 5:07:36 PM PST
How much is a fingertip worth?

Not 15 years, according to a New Jersey appeals court.

It has rejected a sentence of that length for a man who bit off part of an Atlantic City police officer's finger in 2007.

Rafael Pichardo (puh-SHAR'-doh) was convicted of aggravated assault for attacking officers during a confrontation at the Casbah nightclub in the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.

While resisting arrest, Pichardo bit Officer Dean Dooley, severing the top of the officer's gloved left index finger.

A judge imposed the 15-year prison term.

But an appellate panel ruled Tuesday that it was too severe and ordered that Pichardo be resentenced.

No date has yet been set, and Pichardo remains in prison.