Release Date: 10/30/2007

Webley Luke Bourgeois, 35, of Venice, was sentenced in the 25th Judicial District Court in Plaquemines Parish on Oct. 24 after pleading guilty to using a saltwater gillnet illegally and flight from an officer.

District Court Judge William Roe accepted Bourgeois plea and sentenced him to pay $950 plus court costs for the illegal use of a saltwater gillnet and $350 plus court costs for flight from an officer.  Bourgeois was also ordered to complete two years of probation with no wildlife offenses.  In addition, Bourgeois commercial set line licenses were forfeited for life and he is forever barred from participating in the commercial fishery for black drum, sheepshead and flounder.

Bourgeois was cited after Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents saw him actively retrieving a gillnet in the Scofield Bayou area of Plaquemines Parish on Jan. 5, 2007.  As agents approached Bourgeois, he discarded the net and immediately fled the area by boat.  A short chase ensued and Bourgeois was apprehended near Venice Marina with the assistance of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office. 

Assistant District Attorney Jerry Lobrano prosecuted the case.  Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Villere Reggio.

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