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Burglary suspect pleads guilty

A 25-year-old Austin man who was allegedly caught breaking into an Austin business pleaded guilty Monday in Mower County District Court.

Joseph Carl Dama was charged May 7 with one felony count of third-degree burglary and obstruct legal process, a gross misdemeanor.

An additional charge of first-degree burglary-possess dangerous weapon, a felony, was dismissed Monday as part of a plea agreement.

The charges stem from an incident about 1 a.m. May 7, when officers responded to a burglar alarm at El Parral.

When law enforcement arrived, an officer saw Dama just inside the building and ordered him to stop, the report says. Instead, Dama allegedly went farther inside the building, where the K-9 officer and his dog, Bosco, found him about an hour later.


According to the police report, Dama was found with two rolls of quarters, believed to have been taken from the business.

He was taken to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin, where he was treated for dog bites to his right shoulder and thigh, then taken to the Mower County Jail.

Dama's sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 8.

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