A South Carolina man will serve at least 10 years in prison for biting off his ex-girlfriend’s lip after she refused to reconcile with him.
Seth Aaron Fleury pleaded guilty to aggravated assault Thursday and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, according to a news release by prosecutor Walt Wilkins. He will have to serve at least 10 years and two months before being considered for parole.
Fleury, 23, admitted that on Oct. 21, 2017 he met Kayla Hayes, his former girlfriend, and asked to resume their relationship. Hayes declined. That’s when Fleury tried to kiss her, she pulled away, and he bit her lower lip, severing it from her face, Wilkins said.
“This was the day that a piece of me died,” Hayes wrote in a Facebook post after the hearing.
“I remember every detail of this very moment. ... Sitting in a puddle of my own blood with the majority of my lip laying on my leg, my whole mouth on fire, confused and terrified, I didn’t know how I could ever show my face again.
“At that point, honestly wishing that those very seconds would just be my last - I wanted to give up for good,” Hayes revealed.
Doctors performed emergency plastic surgery, but were unable to reattach Hayes’ lip. As a result, Wilkins said, Hayes “has permanent, serious scarring and a permanent, limited range of motion in her mouth.”
“Hopefully this prison sentence will make it clear to both this defendant and other abusers that domestic violence in any fashion will not be tolerated,” Wilkins added.
Hayes was in the courtroom when Fleury pleaded guilty, she said.
“Today I sat in a court room, surrounded by the people I love most, facing someone that I once believed loved me. Someone who claimed that they would always protect me and keep me safe, but yet was my worst nightmare,” she said.
“Be careful of who you are with and who you trust,” Hayes concluded. “Evil is the face of all types.”
[Photo: Greenville County Sheriff’s Dept.]
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