Diboll 'Prankster' going back to jail for missing community service

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 is going back to jail after violating his probation for a second time.

James Tyler Markle, 21, pleaded guilty in District Judge Barry Bryan's courtroom to a motion to adjudicate guilt and agreed to a two-year sentence in state jail.

According to the Angelina County Adult Probation Director Rodney Thompson, Markle never served his community service time nor did he ever get a job, even after being warned to in September, after he had to serve a few weekends in county jail for lying about his employment.

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.

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

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