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East Texas constable gets 6 months in prison over back taxes

TYLER, Texas (AP) - A longtime East Texas law enforcement officer must serve six months in federal prison in a back taxes case.

Smith County Precinct 1 Constable Henry Phillip Jackson of Tyler was sentenced Tuesday. A federal magistrate in Tyler also ordered the 65-year-old Jackson to pay more than $157,000 in restitution.

Jackson, who's been an elected constable since 1999, pleaded guilty in May to four counts of willful failure to file income tax returns. Prosecutors say Jackson had income from 2010 through 2013 that required him to file federal income tax returns - but he did not.

Jackson was re-elected in November for a term running through 2020.

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