Louisiana -(Ammoland.com)- Two Louisiana men were sentenced in the Avoyelles 12th Judicial District Court on June 18 for illegal hunting activity.
Judge William Bennett sentenced Barry R. Laiche II, 19, of Marksville, and Travis P. Maddox, 28, of Alexandria, for their involvement in the illegal hunting activity.
For illegally killing a black bear, Laiche was sentenced to 120 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail with credit for time served and suspended. He was also placed on two years of probation, which prohibits him from being on any state wildlife management area. He also has to pay $5,000 in restitution to the state for the replacement value of the bear, a $100 fine, $100 for cost of prosecution, $100 to the Indigent Defender Board and $250 court costs.
For illegally taking deer, Maddox was sentenced to 120 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail, which was suspended. He was also placed on two years of probation, which consists of a $50 per month fee. He also has to pay $2,000 in restitution to the state for the replacement value of the deer, a $500 fine and $250 in court costs.
Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Gaspard prosecuted the case.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested Laiche and Maddox in October 2013 for several deer violations that had taken place on the Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club in Avoyelles Parish. The incident consisted of five deer that were illegally taken.
In October 2013, a bear was discovered killed within the vicinity of the Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club. After an extensive investigation, Laiche and Maddox were arrested for taking the bear during the closed season in early 2014.
Laiche was also sentenced for failing to comply with deer harvest record requirements, hunting deer using illegal methods, taking deer on D Management Assistance Program lands without permission, taking illegal deer during the open season and possession of illegally taken deer. For these charges he received a total of 330 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail which was suspended. He was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the state for the replacement value of the deer, a $500 fine, $250 to the Indigent Defender Board, $250 for cost of prosecution and $50 per month while on probation.
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