35-year sentence for Longview hatchet attack

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KELSO, Wash. (AP) -- A 31-year-old man who cut off a Longview store security guard's ear with a hatchet was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

At his sentencing Wednesday, Adrian Jess Kramer of Longview apologized for the attack last December at a Fred Meyer store and said his only intent was a theft to support a drug habit.

The Daily News reports (http://is.gd/bh6ONQ ) he was convicted last week of assault, burglary and robbery.

Security guard David Sullivan confronted Kramer in the parking lot as he was pushing a shopping cart of stolen merchandise. Doctors were unable to reattach the portion of his left ear that was cut off in the fight.

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