The Dallas Cowboys used advice from an ex-con who falsified his educational credentials to make major structural reinforcements to a collapsed practice facility.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the consultant, Jeffrey Lawrence Galland, was engineering director of a Las Vegas company called JCI even though he had no engineering license.

Galland, 42, said JCI president Scott Jacobs, who is a licensed engineer, supervised his Cowboys work.

The Cowboys declined to comment.

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Galland was arrested in 1994 after breaking into a home and pointing a gun at a woman in Great Falls, Mont., police there said. Charges included burglary and assault.

The tentlike practice facility came crashing down in fierce winds May 2, permanently paralyzing scouting assistant Rich Behm.