Kodiak man found guilty of assault in nose bite

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- A Kodiak man was found guilty of assault for biting half of a man's nose off during a fight.

Oscar Christiansen said he was trying to defend himself last September when Dallas Floyd tackled him in St. Paul Plaza. He said the man had no hair so he pulled on his ears and bit him.

Floyd was treated at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center and underwent reconstructive surgery in Anchorage.

District Attorney Mike Gray said Christiansen faces at least 15 years in prison.

Daniel O'Phelan, Christiansen's attorney, said Floyd has a violent past, and if the jury had been allowed to hear about it they would have come to a different verdict. O'Phelan said Floyd once struck an amputee with a walker.

Christiansen has seven prior convictions for assault, including a prior felony conviction, Gray said.

''It's not the first time he's bitten someone,'' he said.

Christiansen was accused of a similar incident in March 1999 when he allegedly bit a chunk out of the cheek of another man during a fight. The case was dismissed when the alleged victim, Michael Carothers, died of a heroin overdose, O'Phelan said.

Christiansen also allegedly bit off the end of another man's finger in a fight in the Kodiak jail in September 1999.

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