North Texan who faked being decorated Navy SEAL gets prison

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a North Texas man who falsely portrayed himself as a decorated Navy SEAL must serve more than four years behind bars.

Carlos Felipe Luna-Gonzalez of Granbury was sentenced Monday in Weatherford after pleading guilty to theft, failure to appear and bail jumping.

Luna-Gonzalez was arrested in 2014 after a tip led authorities to doubt his claims of being a wounded Navy officer.

A gun shop owner, cooperating in the undercover investigation, presented Luna-Gonzalez with a $2,300 rifle. Luna-Gonzalez was charged with theft after accepting the gun.

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The 31-year-old Luna-Gonzalez, who’s an ex-seaman apprentice, was free on bond when he fled to Puerto Rico. He was later extradited.

Luna-Gonzalez received 16 months in state jail for theft, plus three years in prison for failure to appear and bail jumping.