ROCKWALL – The ex-convict who stole a rifle, ammunition and a laptop computer out of a car in Lakeside Village Jan. 12, whose arrest procedure caused many subdivision residents to be angry with Rockwall Police, was sentenced Feb. 28 to over 10 years behind bars.
Rockwall Co. Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper told The Rockwall News that Cody Lee Welborn was sentenced to eight years in the state penitentiary (TDC) for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, 15 months in state jail for Theft of Firearm and one year in county jail for Theft of Property.
Welborn stole the weapon, ammo and computer out of a car which was in the process of being loaded for a hunting trip. When the young man who owned the car came out of his house, he saw Welborn stealing his possessions and then run away. A search ensued by his father, a former SWAT Team commander in DFW, with other subdivision residents. After they located Welborn hiding in his girlfriend’s condo, Police Chief Mark Moeller ordered police to withdraw rather than take the chance of a shoot-out in a residential area.
The Chief later apologized to nearly 100 Lakeside Village residents at a subdivision meeting, admitting he made the mistake based upon incomplete information. He said “Hindsight is 20-20,” and if a similar situation ever presents itself again, he will order officers to warn all residents to leave and then apprehend the suspect as quickly as possible.
By J.J. Smith