Two Louisiana men were sentenced in the Avoyelles 12th Judicial District Court last month in connection with incidents on the Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club back in October of 2013, according to a press release.
For killing a black bear, Judge William Bennett sentenced Barry R. Laiche II, 19, of Marksville, to 120 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail with credit for time served and suspended.
Laiche was also placed on two years 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, according to a press release.
For illegally taking deer, Bennett sentenced Travis P. Maddox, 28, of Alexandria, to 120 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail, which was suspended. He also was 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.
Laiche was also sentenced for failing to comply with deer harvest record requirements, hunting deer using illegal methods, taking deer on DMAP lands without permission, taking illegal deer during the open season and possession of illegally taken deer, the release states.
For these charges he received a total of 330 days in the Avoyelles Parish Jail, which also 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.
Laiche and Maddox were arrested in October, 2013 in connection with five deer illegally taken on Grand Lake Rod and Gun Club. That same month, a bear was killed in the vicinity of the club, and Laiche and Maddox were arrested in early 2014 for taking the bear during a closed season, the press release states.
In May of this year, Laiche was arrested by agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for allegedly stealing money from the self-pay campsite box on Spring Bayou WMA in Avoyelles Parish.