Homeless Man Sentenced For Biting Off Coffee Shop Owner’s Fingertip

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 30, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — A 31-year-old transient was sentenced today to two years in state prison for biting off the fingertip of a coffee shop owner in Venice, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jonathan Shain Lemmons pleaded no contest to one count of mayhem before being sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden Fox.

Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Miyata, who prosecuted the case, said Lemmons, who had previously caused disturbances at the coffee shop, was asked to leave the business on March 21 by the owner. Lemmons then threatened and assaulted the owner, biting off a portion of his finger, the prosecutor said.

Case SA090038 was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, Pacific Division.

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