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Port Arthur city councilman says he will likely resign as a result of 50-year-old criminal conviction

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UPDATE: Councilman Robert Troy told 12News he will submit his resignation at city hall this afternoon.

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Port Arthur City Councilman Robert Troy had already filed to run for re-election, but before he even started campaigning, history caught up with him, and changed his future.

Not only has the 70-year-old Troy withdrawn from the race for re-election to the District 4 seat, he's considering resigning before his term ends.

All because of something that happened 50 years ago.

Jefferson County court records show that Troy was indicted for felony theft in 1963.  He was accused of stealing something worth $107.73 from a Port Arthur man named Roger Wells.

Troy was eventually convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.  It was reduced to three years because he got credit for time he had already served.

Despite vetting him through a background check, Port Arthur city officials did not find the conviction when Troy first ran in 2013.

The city clerk says no database used showed the conviction, until this time around when Troy filed for re-election.

The city clerk believes since many old documents have been scanned and digitized, they are more readily available.

Troy, himself, thought he had been cleared because he says in the 1970's, his voting rights were reinstated.

He also says he was a merchant marine, and because of secure cargo he carried on ships, he had undergone FBI background checks many times before.

State law states, "a person must not have been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities."

Troy says he's proud of how he's served the community, and said he had been having second thoughts about seeking re-election because of health issues.

Mayor Deloris Prince says if Troy does step down, his seat will remain vacant until the May 10th city elections.

The filing deadline for those elections is Friday.

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