Oregon Appeals Court: Teeth Not Dangerous Weapon

March 24, 2011 - 10:57 AM

Portland, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that teeth are not a dangerous weapon.

The decision Wednesday overturned a first-degree assault conviction for a Marion County man who bit off part of a neighbor's ear in 2008 in a drunken fight.

The Oregonian reports a second-degree assault conviction against 30-year-old Scott Russell Kuperus II stands. But first-degree assault involves a dangerous weapon, and teeth don't qualify.

His attorney says the first-degree assault charge that carried a sentence of 90 months in jail will be dismissed and Kuperus will be sentenced to 70 months for second-degree assault.