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Nov 16, 2010 10:28 AM

Sentence Handed Down In Beard Eating Case

The two men charged with cutting off a man's beard and forcing him to eat it will both avoid jail time.

An Anderson County judge sentenced Troy Holt to five years probation. His co-defendant, James Hill, was sentenced to four years probation. The pair pleaded guilty to terroristic threatening, assault and unlawful imprisonment charges.

The story got national attention after Harvey Westmoreland claimed Holt and Hill threatened to kill him, and cut off part of his beard and forced him to eat it during a drunken fight that apparently started over a lawn mower.

As a condition of their probation, Holt and Hill must have no contact with Westmoreland, cannot possess firearms and must remain drug and alcohol free. They can also be required to attend substance abuse counseling if deemed necessary.

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