Port Arthur man gets 25-year sentence for impersonating a firefighter

A Port Arthur man was sentenced to 25 in prison for impersonating a public servant.  The charge comes from his attempt to use the guise to steal lottery tickets from a convenience store.

John M Weatherly, 58, of Port Arthur was sentenced this week.

Testimony at his trial showed that Weatherly went into M&M Convenience Store on Proctor Street in Port Arthur wearing a helmet similar to the one that firefighters use and a raincoat made to appear like a fireman's coat.  He told the store clerk and customers that he was there to check an electrical box.

Weatherly made his way behind the counter where he tried to steal lottery tickets.  The clerk noticed the theft and held Weatherly until police arrived.

Weatherly had been previously convicted of two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and one count of felony assault on a family member.

"This 25-year sentence is what a defendant like this deserves based on his criminal history.  Hopefully this will prevent him from committing crimes in this county any time soon," said prosecutor Perry Thomas.

The trial was held in the 252nd District Court, Judge Lindsey Scott presiding.


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