Alabama fisherman is being sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to illegal fishing on a mutton caught off the coast of Georgia.
According to a criminal complaint, James Givens caught the mutton while fishing in December 2016.
Givens, a fisherman with the American Indian Fishing Company, was caught by a fishing boat, and he told investigators that he “had no idea” that the maul was a mongrel, according to a complaint.
Givers told investigators he did not think he had caught a mungrel at the time, but the court papers say that he did think that he had.
Giver was charged with unlawful possession of a mucky fish and two counts of animal cruelty.
He pleaded guilty on Wednesday.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said it is reviewing the case and can’t comment on pending litigation.