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NBC -- A Kentucky man claims he was forced to eat his own beard following a fight over a lawnmower.

Harvey Westmoreland says he and his brother Joseph used to think highly of Troy Holt and James Hill.

That was before the May argument that ended with the bizarre beard-eating incident.

"My brother was cleaning out the stalls out there for Troy, you know, working for him. They called and wanted me to come around there and when I got there, I realized they were already drunk," Westmoreland said.

Of all things to fight about, he said, punches started flying over a lawnmower.

"Troy offered to buy it from me for $250. I paid $20 for it. He thought I was trying to cheat him," Westmoreland said. "One thing led to another, and before I knew it, there were knives and guns and everything just went haywire."

He says his brother had a mark on his neck, where a knife was held, but Harvey Westmoreland's loss was more permanent.

"They cut my beard and forced me to eat it," he said.

Westmoreland said Holt and Hill let them go, but threatened to kill them if they called police.

That wasn't enough to keep the two brothers from calling 911.

"I believe in the law. I believe that justice has been served, and it will be after Tuesday," Westmoreland said.

Sentencing for James Hill and Troy Holt will be next Tuesday morning in Lawrenceburg Circuit Court.

Both Hill and Holt have pleaded guilty, and are expected to be fined and sentenced to supervision diversion.

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