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Suspect pleads guilty after biting off inmate’s ear during Cayuga County jail assault

Just as his trial for a prison assault was to start, an inmate at Cayuga Correctional in Moravia pleaded guilty Monday.

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann says Trejon Quigley, 26, of Buffalo pleaded guilty to second-degree assault – a Class D violent felony. He will face twelve years to life when he’s sentenced.

It was 3:10 p.m. on August 2, 2018 when prosecutors say Quigley, who was serving a sentence for attempted robbery, attacked another inmate and bit off most of his ear.

Prosecutors say the assault happened in the recreation yard at Cayuga Correctional and started with two inmates attacking the victim in an unprovoked attack. Witnesses later said Quigley admitted he bit off the victim’s ear. A Corrections Officer recovered the ear, but surgeons were not able to re-attach the tissue, Budelmann said.

“We are pleased that this defendant admitted his responsibility for this conduct. We would also like to acknowledge the good work done by Cayuga Correctional Facility staff in promptly stopping, apprehending, and assisting with the conviction of this violent felon and gathering the necessary evidence,” Budelmann said in a prepared news release.

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