John Mark Francis

DEPORT — After two years, Mayor John Mark Francis still awaits his day in court.

A trial tentatively scheduled this week has been delayed because of witness unavailability, the Memorial Day holiday court schedule and priority given to a sexual assault case, according to Lamar County District Attorney Gary Young.

A Lamar County grand jury indicted Francis on a charge of theft of property between $2,500 and $30,000 in June 2017.

According to newspaper records, former Deport City Council member Tommy Borders asked for Francis’ resignation at a council meeting April 13, 2018. Francis refused, saying he did nothing wrong.

Accused of having a $2,500 La-Z-Boy recliner delivered to his house on the city’s dime, Francis said the furniture was delivered to his house because his address “is used as a backup address when no one is at City Hall to receive them.”

Mary Madewell is a staff writer for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6976 or at

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.