Clovis man faces 13 years for biting off other man’s nose

CNJ staff

A 36-year-old Clovis man is facing 13 years in prison for biting off another man’s nose.

Joey Maes was convicted by a jury Friday of aggravated burglary and aggravated battery, 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.

“The conduct surrounding this altercation is repulsive, and we intend to ask for the maximum sentence on behalf of the victim for the pain and suffering he has experienced,” District Attorney Matthew Chandler stated in the release.

Maes faces a maximum sentence of 13 years. A sentencing hearing is expected to be sentenced in the next three months, the release said.