An Independence man who bit an arresting officer – badly enough to draw blood – has been sentenced to federal prison.
The U.S. attorney’s office for the Western District of Missouri says Judge Beth Phillips sentenced Robert A. Lingle, 43, to five years in prison without parole.
In January, Lingle pleaded guilty to possessing five grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to assaulting a federal law enforcement officer.
He admitted that he agreed to sell methamphetamine to a source who was cooperating in an investigation. The incident happened in the 1600 block of Hardesty in Kansas City in May 2012.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Lingle was approached by officers and ran off. During the chase, he pulled a .22-caliber revolver. Officers told him to drop it. He did and kept running. An officer grabbed him, and there was a struggle. Lingle tried to eat a baggie of meth, but the officer got that out of his mouth and threw it aside. Lingle grabbed the officer’s arm and bit his hand, breaking the skin and drawing blood.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Kansas City Police Department.