Diboll 'Prankster' spends jail time for lying about job

James Markle mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
James Markle mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Diboll man who made national headlines in 2009 for his role in a national prank ring served two days in jail for lying about his employment, a violation of his probation.

According to Angelina County Adult Probation spokesman Dustin Fore, James Tyler Markle, 21, had quit his job at Pilgrim's Pride without telling his probation officer.

At a judicial administrative hearing on Sept. 6, Judge Barry Bryan ordered Markle to serve two days in jail and to serve 40 hours of community service for violating his probation.

Markle pleaded guilty in October 2010 to criminal mischief in connection to a prank he pulled at Lufkin McDonald's.

In June 2009, Markle called a Lufkin McDonald's and tricked an employee to activate the fire extinguishers and break four windows, costing the business thousands of dollars.

Bryan sentenced him to five years in prison for the crime, but said at the time he would consider granting Markle shock probation, after he had served 90 days in prison.

Bryan granted the probation in May.

"Apparently Judge Bryan told him at the hearing that if he kept lying he was going to go to prison," Fore said. "He warned him he's on no tolerance."

The investigation into Markle began in August 2009, after a national website, TheSmokingGun.com, outed him as a key member of a prank ring.

Markle checked into the Angelina County Jail on Wednesday and booked out on Thursday.

Copyright 2011 KTRE. All rights reserved.