Parolee back in prison for possessing bulletproof vest

QUANAH, Texas (AP) - A 53-year-old Northwest Texas parolee has a new 33-year prison term after his conviction for unlawful possession of body armor.

Dale Thomas Burns was sentenced after a two-day jury trial in Hardeman County.

Burns was arrested last August at his home in Quanah after prison officials determined he removed a GPS ankle monitor he was ordered to wear as a condition of his release from a 60--year sentence in 1991 for cocaine delivery. He acknowledged to state troopers during a search of his home that he had a bulletproof vest, found in a closet. Possession is illegal for convicted felons.

District attorney Staley Healty tells The Wichita Falls Times Record News, Burns had previous convictions for burglary, resisting arrest, evading arrest, theft and delivery of a controlled substance.