Wednesday, November 7, 2007

"I'm not an Army officer, But I play one on TV"

WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. -- The man who went to prison for impersonating a military leader is facing new charges, authorities said. William Clark claimed he was an Army captain after the Interstate 40 bridge collapse at Webbers Falls five years ago.

Now, the FBI has accused him of posing as a military officer again. Agents said he called the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., on October 25 and reported he was part of an covert, military assassination plot against Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an affidavit, an FBI agent said Clark acknowledged developing the plot in his head, but that Clark believed it to be genuine when he called the embassy.

A warrant was issued last week for the arrest of William James Clark, with authorities alleging he violated his probation as a result of the latest plot. Clark's attorney says no violation of law was committed.

In the aftermath of the May 2002 collapse of the Interstate 40 bridge over the Arkansas River near Webbers Falls, which killed 14 people, local officials said Clark spent 2 1/2 days posing as an Army captain in the area, directing rescue efforts before Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers arrived. Clark gave several radio and television interviews, posing as a Federal spokesman before disappearing.

Clark was arrested outside Toronto on charges of impersonating a military officer and later received a 70-month federal prison sentence in that case.

The Local Malcontent used to be pretty good at math and arithmetic, and I once thought that 70 months, divided by 12 (months in a year), equaled 5-years-and -10-months of 'Federal Prison Sentence'. And taking into consideration that Clark was not immediately arrested after the tragedy at Webber, but disappeared only to be arrested about a year later, in 2003 in Canada, his Federal sentence does not make sense.

It now appears that 70/12 < 5
Maybe Clark only serves his Federal prison sentence One weekend a month?

1 comment:

DrillerAA said...

Maybe he got time off for good behavior. Like there's alot of mischief one can get into while in prision. He could have impersonated a gueard.

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