They Never Change Their Stripes
JOHN PORTER JOINED THE SOUTHEAST RURAL Fire District as a volunteer firefighter in 2001. While a member of the all-volunteer department located near Lincoln, Nebraska, he was convicted five years later in 2006 for stealing from his employer, Cabela’s. His conviction was for a felony.
Despite that blot on his record, the fire district appointed him to be fire chief in May 2010 after he told the board that his conviction had been expunged. It had not. The Lincoln Journal Star continues:
Porter, 47, of Lincoln, pleaded no contest to felony theft at Thursday’s hearing and has paid $33,140.78 in restitution, the amount prosecutors say he stole between November 2010 and February 2013, when he was fired.
Porter used some of the money to buy a TV and pay for a tattoo, Deputy County Attorney Ryan Mick said in court.
He also wrote himself more than $11,000 in checks from the account, Mick said, and he withdrew more than $8,000 at ATMs.
The rural fire department is suing the former chief, seeking more than $60,000 in damages, according to a lawsuit.
Porter also pleaded no contest Thursday to attempted possession of a firearm by a felon. Lincoln police found about 17 shotguns and rifles while searching Porter’s home in May.
He was convicted of felony theft and served probation for stealing from his former employer, Cabela’s in Cheyenne County in 2006, which made him ineligible to own guns.
KLKN-TV filed this video report from the courthouse following the plea and conviction:
He will be sentenced on May 22 and is facing one to 20 years on this latest felony theft charge plus another one to 50 years on the gun violation.
Thanks to Gnome Handler.
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