Former fire chief sentenced for theft, firearm convictions

By: Channel 8 Newsroom

The former Southeast Rural Fire chief was sentenced in Lancaster County District Court Thursday afternoon.

47-year-old John Porter, of Lincoln, was sentenced 4 -5 years in prison. He’s convicted of felony theft by unlawful taking and attempted possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Porter pleaded no contest to those charges back in March.

Between 2010 and 2013, Lincoln Police say Porter misappropriated $38,000 from the Southeast Rural Fire chief’s fund, an account meant for small work-related incidentals. He was with Southeast Rural Fire and Rescue for 11 years, three of them as Chief.

That was his second time stealing from a job. Back in 2007, Porter was convicted of theft by deception for taking $40,000 from his former employer, Cabela’s.

When officers arrested Porter in May of 2013, they found 17 firearms in his home, which led to the firearms charge because he’s a felon.

The ex-fire chief has agreed to pay $33,140.78 in restitution.