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Stevens Point homeless man convicted again in bizarre bank box incident


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - For a second time Friday, a 38-year-old homeless man accused of putting a bag containing a dead cat, a loaf of bread and a dollar bill wrapped around a rock into a bank deposit box to "cleanse the bank of fraud" has been convicted of three felonies, according to online Portage County court records.

In a plea bargain, Justin Doppsmith of Stevens Point pleaded no contest to felony bail jumping and discharging a bodily fluid at a public safety worker in the June 5 incident at Associated Bank in Stevens Point, court records said. Prosecutors dismissed two misdemeanors in the deal.

In a separate case, Doppsmith also pleaded no contest to arson in setting a tree on fire to help the tree "molt," court records said.

Doppsmith had been allowed to withdraw the exact same pleas earlier after a judge raised questions about his competence and ordered a mental health evaluation. Doppsmith had been sent to a state mental hospital for treatment and was found competent in February.

He is to be sentenced on the newest convictions Tuesday.

Police said the cat put into the bank's night deposit box had been dead for some time.

When Doppsmith was stopped by officers, he said the officer was "not a game warden," he did not recognize his authority and he spit on an officer, the criminal complaint said.

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