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Fisherman sentenced for cheating in fishing contest

By J.J. Smith. Here’s a whale of a fish story. A Rockwall area competitive fisherman was forced to surrender his fishing license for five years when he was sentenced yesterday for cheating in a big fishing tournament last year on Lake Ray Hubbard in order to win a $55,000 Legend bass boat.

Robbie Rose was considered the winner of the heaviest fish at the Oct. 24 Bud Light Trail Big Bass Tournament on Lake Ray Hubbard until tournament officials discovered at the weigh-in and inspection that he had put a one pound weight in the belly of the fish he caught.

The disqualified fisherman was subsequently investigated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens, and the case was filed as a felony by the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

Rose pled guilty and was sentenced to five years probation for the state jail felony offense of Attempted Theft over $20,000 but less than $100,000. He also received a $3,000 fine and 15 days in jail.

“We took this case very seriously,” said Kenda Culpepper, Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney.  “As far as we were concerned, the case was about a $55,000 bass boat, not a ten pound fish.”

Alex Imgrund, lead prosecutor, said that the facts of the case had garnered interest from sources as far away as Ontario, Canada.  “Cheating is cheating, and neither the fishing community, nor this office, will tolerate it.”

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