- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to six to 12 months in jail for claiming to be a Texas lawman to avoid arrest last year.

State police say 40-year-old Tony Baysinger, of Connellsville, claimed to be a Texas Ranger after he banged a car with a hammer in a parking lot in December. Baysinger told police he damaged the vehicle because he believed it had been stolen from his mother.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (https://bit.ly/1owAk6w ) reports Baysinger was recently found mentally competent to face the charges after treatment for schizophrenia at a state hospital.

His sentence will run concurrently to an identical term he received Thursday for stealing a $1.92 box of cough drops from a Wal-Mart. Baysinger told the judge he’s addicted to the active ingredient which he believes comes from the “tree of life.”

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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