Only a misdemeanor ??? $1000.00 Fine WTF ??

Mike Hart Case Closed, Pleads Guilty To Misdomeanor
Former WON BASS U.S. Open angler caught with lead weights in weighed fish pleads down, will get no jail time, pays $1,000 fine
Published: Dec 20, 2011
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LAS VEGAS, NV — Mike Hart, who was disqualified from the 2010 WON BASS U.S. Open at Lake Mead for weighing in fish with lead weights in their stomachs will not be tried for a felony. In fact, he pled guilty last Friday to a pair of lesser charges, petty larceny and disorderly conduct and was fined $1,000. Both are misdemeanors.

MIKE HART, avoided jail, pled to two misdemeanors, and paid a $1,000 fine.

Judge Ann Zimmerman, acting on he recommendations of deputy district attorney Tyler Smith, accepted the plea agreement and ordered Hart to pay the fine. Said Tyler Smith, deputy district attorney, “The case is now closed.”

WON BASS Tournament Director Billy Egan, who weighed in Hart’s fish and later spoke to him after his disqualification, was ordered to testify in the case, and was ordered to appear Dec. 16. He did not have to appear when Hart and his attorney agreed to the plea bargain.

Said Egan after the announcement of the punishment, “Mike made a horrible decision, one that will affect him the rest of life. We look at it as a lenient decision based on what he could have been faced with. I’m glad it’s all behind us.” Egan said Hart has been banned from all WON events “and likely from all other pro tournaments and team events.”

The state district attorney’s office originally responded to the criminal complaint by the Nevada Department of Fish and Wildlife Department with a class B felony (statute 205.380) “attempting to obtain money or property under false pretenses.” The Category B felony would have carried a sentence of up to 10 years in state prison and $10,000 in fines.

Hart’s disqualification was national news at the U.S. Open. After WON BASS officials found a fish with weights and hooks in it on the second day of the three-day tournament, a plan was put into effect to find the suspected cheater by WON BASS staff and the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

The weight, secured in the fish’s stomach by small treble hooks, was found in one of the few dead fish that had been inspected in what is essentially a catch-and-release event. Bass fishermen, however, can weigh in dead fish, but they are penalized 2 tenths of a pound.

Thus, a short list of anglers who brought in dead fish was created, and their fish were given extra attention when presented on the final weigh-in. More than one fish presented by Mike Hart on day three had similar weights with hooks after inspection by WON BASS and Nevada officials.

Hart was not arrested at the scene, and Nevada enforcement officials at the time said they had no immediate plans to prosecute. Hart’s fish, with the weights, would have likely put him in the top 10 and would have resulted in a minimum of a $5,000 payday, said WON BASS director Egan.

what a joke. chop him up and feed him to the fishes. jmo
What a stupid thing to do.
Now you know why people commit the crimes. The consequences are often so small they don't care about being caught. Slap on the hand and back to business as usual.
It's simple , start severly penalizing these people with really stiff consequences and they re-think commiting the crimes.
The Govt. wants these people back on the streets , it means more cops , more lawyers , more prisons etc...... Keeps them permenently employed.
Think of it like this ... If the people who have a mindset to commit murder knew they would be executed the day after being found guilty , 90% of the murders in this country wouldn't happen. But , then we wouldn't need all those cops and lawyers!!!!!
The legal system and the health care system are the two most phuuucked up institutuions in this country----bar none.
Soon you can the social security system to that list!