Sea gull killer pleads guilty in federal court
POSTED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 2:01pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — A Labadieville man pleaded guilty on Dec. 10 in Eastern District Federal Court in New Orleans for the illegal killing of 49 sea gulls.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited Jackoby D. Bertot, 29, for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in September following a lengthy investigation.
Agents uncovered that the subject utilized a vehicle to speed through a flock of resting sea gulls in the Home Depot parking lot in the Elmwood Area shopping center in the suburbs of New Orleans on Sept. 2, 2013 at 9:48 p.m.
Bertot pleaded guilty before the honorable Daniel E. Knowles III. The subject was ordered to pay a fine of $1,210 and serve a one year inactive probation. U.S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis prosecuted the case. LDWF Sgt. Tim Fox investigated the case.
Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act carry up to $15,000 in fines and up to six months in prison.