Release Date: 03/01/2007

Three men identified as Thomas Gosserand, 43, of Livonia, John Niland III, 43, of New Roads, and John Sylvest, 60, of Ventress, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Alonzo Wilson in Lake Charles on Feb. 15 and entered pleas of guilty to taking over the legal limit of ducks. 

The men were cited on Nov. 12, 2005 in Jefferson Davis Parish for killing 45 ducks jointly.  The daily bag limit for ducks during the regular duck season is six per person.

Magistrate Wilson accepted their guilty pleas and sentenced the three men to each pay a fine of $1,000, complete 40 hours of community service, 18 months probation and suspended their hunting privileges for one year.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Clement prosecuted the cases.

Agents participating in these cases were Lt. Robert Buatt, Sgts. Aaron Monceaux and Kane Thomas, Senior Agent Gene Viator, and Agents Buddy Murray, Jason Stagg and Justin Sonnier.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or