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Man accused of biting off ex-girlfriend’s nose pleads guilty to lesser charge

Chris Campbell. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Chris Campbell. (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The man accused of biting off his ex-girlfriend’s nose in February of 2015 has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge before going to trial for attempted murder. 

Chris Campbell pleaded guilty to assault of a high and aggravated nature for an attack in which he bit the nose off his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Messer, on February 7, 2015. Campbell was scheduled to appear for the first day of his trial for attempted murder on Monday, but instead opted to plead guilty to the lesser charge. He received a 15-year sentence for this charge. Campbell also pleaded guilty to a 2013 involuntary manslaughter case from Lumpy’s Bar and Grill in Pawleys Island, where he got into a fight with 37-year-old Thomas Unrue of Georgetown, who was taken to a nearby hospital and later pronounced dead. Campbell received a five-year sentence for this charge. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 20 years.

Campbell and Messer saw each other at a local bar two weeks after breaking up in 2015, and they went to her car to talk. That’s when Campbell allegedly started punching Messer, and bit her nose off.

"I could barely move my head, and I remember just kind of looking around and seeing blood everywhere,” Messer said in a 2015 interview. “I remember looking down, and just remember blood just spewing from my face.”

Messer woke up at a nearby hospital and couldn’t believe what she saw in the mirror.

“I can't even begin to explain what I saw, it was just horrifying, half my nose was gone,” she explained.

Campbell was originally charged with criminal domestic violence, but his charge was changed to attempted murder after police discovered his intent to kill Messer.

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