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County court’s 1st criminal case of 2018 already convicted

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Douglas County District Court’s first case filed in 2018 already has been convicted, just nine days after charges were filed.

A Wichita Falls, Texas, man had the honor/dishonor of being the defendant in the numerically first criminal case of the new year, 2018-CR-000001.

Notably, this was the Texas man arrested in the Arby’s bathroom on New Year's Eve, who I posted about last week. Police responded to a break-in at an occupied apartment in the 1500 block of Eddingham Drive. The suspect ran but was later located at the nearby Arby’s — locked inside the bathroom refusing to come out. Police said they were able to get the door unlocked, and, despite the suspect pushing against them from the inside, force it open and arrest the man.

Dylan Pierce, 27, was charged Jan. 2 with one count each of aggravated burglary and interference with law enforcement, both felonies, and one count each of theft and criminal damage to property, both misdemeanors.

Pierce pleaded no contest to the two felony counts, and was convicted, Thursday afternoon, according to court records. The misdemeanor counts were dropped. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 13.

— I’m the Journal-World’s public safety reporter. Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or by phone at 785-832-7187. I’m also on Twitter, @saramarieshep.

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