WA man convicted of assault in ear-hacking attack

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- It took jurors only about an hour to convict a 31-year-old Longview, Wash., man of assault for slicing off most of a store security guard's ear with a hatchet.

A Cowlitz County deputy prosecutor said Adrian Kramer faces between 26 and 33 years in prison at sentencing scheduled next Wednesday.

The Daily News of Longview reports (http://is.gd/s3Tfrl) that Kramer began to cry when jurors left the courtroom Thursday.

David Morrison is chief of security for the Fred Meyer retail store in Longview. He testified that Kramer swung a hatchet at him last Dec. 11 when Morrison and a guard trainee confronted the man, who was wheeling a shopping cart full of stolen goods through the parking lot.

In court for the verdict, Morrison said he was "totally happy with it."

Doctors were unable to reattach the severed piece of Morrison's left ear.

Kramer was also convicted of burglary counts.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com