Two Louisiana men pleaded guilty in St. Martin Parish court on Jan. 23 for alligator violations.
The Honorable Judge Anthony Thibodeaux sentenced Jeremy E. Kibble, of Lafayette, and Daniel D. Norton, of New Iberia, for their roles in intentionally concealing an illegally taken alligator. Judge Thibodeaux sentenced each man to serve 100 days in jail suspended, to serve one year of probation, to pay $900 in fines, to perform 80 hours of community service and revoked their hunting and fishing privileges for one year.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited Kibble and Norton on Aug. 19, 2018 for intentional concealment of an illegally taken alligator.
Agents on patrol near Catahoula observed two trucks parked off of Henderson Levee Road with Kibble and Norton nearby. When agents approached the men they saw Kibble go to the woods to discard something. Agents went to the woods and found a freshly cleaned alligator.
During questioning, Norton admitted to shooting the alligator after Kibble caught the alligator. The alligator season was closed in this part of the state at the time the alligator was harvested.
Assistant District Attorney Lynn Musumeche prosecuted the case for the state.