Buras man sentenced for harassing hunters in Plaquemines Parish

A Buras man pled guilty to several criminal charges on April 14 involving harassment of duck hunters in Plaquemines Parish.

Brendan Nolan, 32, pled guilty to illegal discharge of a firearm, criminal damage to property, and harassment of persons lawfully hunting. Nolan was ordered to pay a $1,075 fine plus an additional civil penalty to LDWF of $200.

Additionally, Nolan was placed on one-year active probation and one-year inactive probation. Nolan was also ordered to pay restitution to the harassed hunters to replace duck decoys damaged by gunfire.

In addition to the fines and restitution, Nolan must show completion of anger management classes, and is barred for one year from performing any hunting guide operations on land owned or administered by the Plaquemines Parish Government.

The plea stems from an incident that occurred on Dec. 26, 2021, when Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested Nolan. Agents received an in progress complaint from duck hunters on public land in Venice.

Agents also received a video that showed Nolen maneuver his vessel at a high rate of speed into the hunter’s decoy spread. The video also showed Nolan verbally harassing the hunters and then produce a loaded pistol and shoot the decoys.

When Nolan was located, he was arrested and booked into the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center.

Assistant District Attorney Jerry Lobrano prosecuted the case for the state. Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Villere Reggio, Corporal Thomas Forehand, Agent Shea Schexnaydre. Also participating was Sgt. Chad Lafrance with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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