A Walton County man will be sentenced next month on multiple charges stemming from an argument over a puppy that led to him pulling a gun on someone.
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Friday that Willie Clyde Bryant, Jr. was found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a single count of resisting an officer without violence by a Walton County jury, according to a news release from the State Attorney’s Office.
Bryant entered a no contest plea to a count of possession of methamphetamine and a count of possession of cocaine from the same incident moments before his trial started. His sentencing for all these charges is currently set before Judge Kelvin Wells for Feb. 19.
The charges arose from an incident that occurred on July 4, 2018, at a house off Patch Road in the New Harmony community of Walton County, the release said.
Two men went to Bryant’s home to collect money for a puppy Bryant and his girlfriend had purchased from them. Before going to Bryant’s home, they stopped at a neighboring property and met with some friends.
One of the men walked next door and made contact with Bryant. Bryant reportedly became belligerent and told him to “just take the dog,” the release said. That man returned next door with the dog.
A few minutes later, Bryant came out of his home and walked to the neighboring property. He pulled out what appeared to be a silver revolver and pointed it at both of the men, the release said. They ran to their truck, fled down the road and called law enforcement.
Once law enforcement arrived on scene, Bryant was extremely combative, the release said. Despite being ordered to not go back into his home due to safety concerns, he repeatedly tried to re-enter his home.
Deputies had to detain Bryant and place him in a patrol vehicle. When he was later removed from the vehicle, a bag containing methamphetamine and cocaine was found lying in the seat.
Deputies also conducted a search of his home and found two BB guns. Both guns closely resembled actual handguns and one of the guns matched the description of the weapon seen by the victims, the release said.
Bryant is facing a maximum of 20 years in prison once convicted.
The investigation and arrest was conducted by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant State Attorney Matthew Richardson prosecuted the case. For further information, please contact him at (850) 892-8080.