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Man who chewed off fingerprints pleads guilty

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Posted at 12:56 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 13:01:39-04

The Florida fugitive who chewed off his fingerprints during a traffic stop to try to keep police from figuring out his identity has pleaded guilty  to a series of charges related to his arrest in February of 2016. 

Kirk Kelly, 24, pled guilty to the following charges:

Escape – a felony of the 3rd degree
Tampering with Evidence – a felony of the 3rd degree
Obstructing Official Business – a felony of the 5th degree
Resisting Arrest – a misdemeanor of the 1st degree

Kelly was a passenger in a vehicle when it was stopped by Tallmadge police in February. During the traffic stop, Kelly lied about his identity and then chewed off his fingerprints in an attempt to prevent officers from using a mobile fingerprint scanner.

Before being transported to the police station, Kelly also attempted to escape and resisted arrest. Officers later determined Kelly was on Tampa's 'Most Wanted' list.

After Kelly completes his 18 month prison sentence, he can then be extradited to Florida to face charges there