MUSKEGON (WWJ/AP) - A 47-year-old Michigan woman has been sentenced to six months in jail for biting off another woman’s finger in a fight over 50 cents and a couple of smokes.
A judge on Monday also ordered Senta Staffney, of Muskegon, to participate in 18 months probation, community service and counseling. She was sentenced for aggravated assault and resisting and obstructing a police officer after pleading no contest to the charges. Staffney will get credit for seven weeks already served.
Staffney was arrested after the June 17 fight with her 46-year-old friend, Danielle Lott.
The women were sitting in the front yard of Lott’s sister’s house when they started arguing over cigarettes, The Muskegon Chronicle reported.
Lott claims she gave Staffney $1 after Staffney agreed to sell her a cigarette for 50 cents. But Lott said Staffney only gave her one cigarette for $1 and when she asked for the second one, Staffney wanted 50 cents more.
A fight ensued, and Staffney bit off Lott’s left ring finger just under the first knuckle and spit it out on the lawn, according to The Muskegon Chronicle. Lott was taken to the hospital, but her finger was too damaged to be reattached.
Police say both women had been drinking heavily before the incident.
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