Release Date: 03/28/2006

Jason Paul Lachney, 23, of Pineville entered a guilty plea and received sentencing from Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Donald T. Johnson On Feb. 21.  Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested Lachney in November of 2003 after an investigation stemming from a Nov. 12, 2003 illegal night hunting incident.
After accepting the guilty plea, Judge Johnson sentenced Lachney to pay a fine of $900 for hunting deer at night, $350 for hunting deer in a closed area and $300 for flight from an officer.  Lachney was also ordered to pay court costs in the amount of $149 for each charge and pay $300 to Louisiana Operation Game Thief, the states anti-poaching reward fund.  The fines, court costs and restitution amounted to $1,999.

Judge Johnson also ordered Lachney to receive a 120 day suspended jail term, supervised probation for two years, loss of hunting privileges for five years and forfeiture of his firearm.

Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Mike Shannon handled prosecution of the case for the state.  Agents participating in the case were Lt. Eric Stokes, Sr. Agent Rick Markway and Sr. Agent Spencer Cole.

EDITORS: For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765 2469 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.