Press release: Clovis Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Biting Off a Man’s Nose

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that a Clovis man was convicted of one count of Aggravated Burglary and one count of Aggravated Battery for biting off a man’s nose and ordered to serve ten (10) years in the Department of Corrections.

The charges stem from April 19, 2009, when Joey Maes, age 36, was asked to leave a social gathering in Clovis. Shortly after leaving the residence, Maes returned and kicked in the front door of the home, ran into the kitchen, grabbed a knife and began threatening the occupants. A few people attempted to subdue Maes while another person called 911. Clovis Police Department responded to the call and several witnesses told police that one man tried to take control of the knife that Maes was holding and during the struggle Maes bit the end of the man’s nose off. Officers found the nose laying on a cutting-board in the residence where the incident occurred. Shortly thereafter, the victim presented himself to the Plains Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The Honorable Stephen K. Quinn presided over the jury trial and sentencing hearing and Deputy District Attorney Kirk Chavez prosecuted the case for the State. Joey Maes was found guilty by a Curry County jury on March 12, 2010; however, sentencing was postponed to a later date to allow the attorneys time to prepare. At the sentencing hearing, Maes was ordered to serve ten (10) years in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Additionally, once Maes finishes his prison term, he will be placed on an intensively supervised probation period of an additional three (3) years.

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