Appeals Court Rejects SeMo Bridge Imposter's Plea

APRIL 7, 2004 - Posted at 2:20 p.m. CDT

DENVER, CO - The southeast Missouri man who posed as an Army captain at the Interstate 40 bridge collapse in Oklahoma has lost an appeal.

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver yesterday rejected William Clark's claim that his five-year sentence is too harsh.

Clark was given 70 months for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and three years for impersonating an Army officer.  The sentences are running concurrently.

The Tallapoosa man arrived at the site of the May 2002 bridge collapse, saying he was an Army captain just back from Afghanistan.  He took control of the recovery operation.  But he left after a confrontation with the Webbers Falls mayor and members of the state medical examiner's office.

Clark allegedly stoke a pickup truck and left an unpaid hotel bill in Arkansas.

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