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Clash with deputies costs man 3 years

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Norcross man who pleaded guilty Tuesday to brawling with two Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department deputies was sentenced to serve three years in prison, a prosecutor said.

Victor Pierce, 49, pleaded guilty in Gwinnett Superior Court to two counts of felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer as his jury trial was set to begin, said Andrette Watson, assistant district attorney.

The clash happened when two deputies tried to serve a weapons possession warrant for an unrelated case on Feb. 9 at Pierce's mother's Hunter Street home, where he'd been living.

During an ensuing five-minute fight in the living room, Pierce wrestled control of one deputy's Taser and fired it, but missed, and used a large piece of wood as a weapon, according to earlier testimony.

The fight ended when a deputy struck Pierce with a pepper spray can and handcuffed him.

In earlier hearings, one deputy recalled Pierce as having "superhuman" strength at the time. A family member told authorities Pierce suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and uses drugs and alcohol to medicate himself.

Pierce was arrested and later treated at Gwinnett Medical Center for a gash on the back of his head that required stitches. He's been jailed without bond since February.

Counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were dismissed in exchange for the plea, Watson said.