A 32-year-old VIolet man pled guilty Thursday in 34th District Court in St. Bernard Parish for several oyster violations, according to a press release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Judge Jean Nunez Juneau accepted the guilty plea of Oliver F. Rudesell Jr., sentenced him to pay a $650 fine plus court costs and suspended his 60-day jail term, the release states.
Rudesell Jr. also must not be on a vessel harvesting oysters, or possessing oysters or gear to take oysters for two years, unless that vessel is equipped with a vessel monitoring system that is monitored by LDWF agents.
He also was placed on two years probation, with six months being active in which he cannot be caught committing any Class 3 or higher wildlife offenses, according to the release.
Rudesell Jr., who was caught by LDWF agents on numerous occasions in St. Bernard Parish taking oysters from unleased state grounds, pled guilty to two counts of taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms and pled no contest to failing to have a commercial license in his possession.
He also pled no contest to taking commercial fish without a gear license and taking commercial fish without a vessel license, the release states.