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Fayetteville man found guilty in Waffle House arrest caught on video

KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT/WNCN) - The 22-year-old man at the center of a controversial video taken outside a Waffle House in Warsaw was found guilty Thursday of resisting an arrest. 

Anthony Wall of Fayetteville was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and 40 hours of community service in connection to the May incident.

Witnesses said Wall was acting hostile, and one video shows things becoming heated between him and a Waffle House employee. Video showed Wall was grabbed by the throat at one point.

In a later video that soon went viral, Officer Frank Moss appears to get into an altercation with Wall, who is dressed in a tuxedo and has just taken his sister to the prom. 

Judge Mario Perez said the entire situation could have been avoided if Wall had only calmed down.

In a video posted on Facebook soon after the incident, Warsaw mayor A.J. Connors said Wall was being disruptive and belligerent.

Connors praised the arrest and twice denied that race played a role.

"We must understand that this young man broke the law," Connors said. "He was there. He started a fight -- this officer did what he had to do."  

In a statement from the police department, investigators say they didn't know how rough the arrest was until the time the video was getting national attention. 

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