Two Grenada County Men Pled Guilty To The Illegal Sale of Game Fish
OXFORD, Miss. Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and Luis Santiago, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, announced that:
Roger Lee Reed, 56, of Holcomb, Mississippi, and John Randle, 80, of Grenada, Mississippi, plead guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders, in Aberdeen, Mississippi, on July 29, 2016, and June 30, 2016, respectively, to one count each of the sale of game fish, including crappie, in violation of state and federal law. Curtis V. Brown, 73, of Coffeeville, Mississippi, was convicted on June 30, 2016, following a bench trial before Magistrate Judge Sanders of one count of the sale of game fish, including crappie, in violation of state and federal law.
Following their convictions, each defendant was sentenced to a term of probation of two (2) years and ordered to pay a fine of $975.00 each. As a condition of their probation, each defendant will be prohibited from hunting or fishing in any manner or any location for a period of one (1) year and each defendant will likewise be prohibited from entering any Corps of Engineers property for a period of two (2) years. Reed will also be prohibited from entering any National Wildlife Refuge property for a period of two (2) years.
United States Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent in Charge Santiago stated that: "We take our mission working with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and the citizens of Mississippi in conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats very seriously, investigating those who choose to violate state and federal laws. Those who violate the law undermine the proud tradition of fair harvest for all anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts."
“We will continue to work joint investigations with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and continue to seek full prosecution of those who violate our laws” says Colonel Steve Adcock, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.
This case was investigated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.