Boothville man pleads guilty to harassing fisherman

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FOX 8 News received this news release from the La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Thursday afternoon:

Today, April 11, a Boothville man pled guilty to one count of criminal damage under $500 and one count of harassing a person lawfully fishing in Plaquemines Parish.

Judge Kevin Conner of the25th Judicial District of Plaquemines Parish accepted Nathan J. Creppel's, 58,plea and sentenced him to pay a total of $650 in fines plus court costs.

Judge Conner also orderedCreppel to forfeit his 2013 commercial crab license and was barred from the commercial crab industry in any form for the remainder of 2013.  In addition, Creppel was also given a suspended six month prison sentence and placed on two years inactive probation with the stipulation that he commit no wildlife offenses.  Furthermore, he was ordered to pay $200 in restitution to the victim.

Louisiana Department ofWildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents conducted an investigation into Creppel after receiving a hidden game camera that took photos of Creppel cutting the corks of another crab fisherman's traps in the Mississippi River below Venice.  Cutting the corks rendered the gear unusable and unsalvageable.

Agents confronted Creppel at his home with the photos and he was subsequently cited for the violations onOct. 11, 2012.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Robert Cosse Jr.  AssistantDistrict Attorney Jerry Lobrano prosecuted the case.