On Aug. 16, Corey P. Barras, 42, Edward Barras, 40, and Cory J. Blanchard, 42, all of St. Martinville pled guilty and were sentenced in Lafayette in Federal Magistrate Court by U.S. Magistrate Mildred Methvin for migratory bird violations.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents apprehended the three men on Sept. 19, 2004 while hunting teal on Attakapas Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Agents initially cited them with one count each of a WMA rules violation for failing to pick up their duck decoys on the opening day of teal season.
A lengthy investigation took place after evidence was discovered that the three men had also taken wood ducks and ibis illegally. The investigation resulted in additional charges for possessing wood ducks during a closed season, taking ibis for which there is no season and failing to tag migratory birds.
Corey P. Barras pled guilty to possession of wood ducks during a closed season, taking ibis and failing to tag migratory birds. Barras was fined a total of $2,230 and placed on three years of unsupervised probation with the provision of no hunting.
Edward Barras and Cory J. Blanchard each pled guilty to possession of wood ducks during a closed season and taking ibis. Barras and Blanchard were each fined a total of $1,620 and placed on two years of unsupervised probation with the provision of no hunting.
Handling the case for the government was U.S. Assistant Attorney Janice Hebert. Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Brian Theriot and Sr. Agent Justin Sonnier.
For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.