One of two anglers who allegedly cheated during an Iowa fishing tournament has pleaded guilty.
On July 13, Jason F. Schuttler pleaded guilty to felony second-degree theft for cheating in the Clear Lake Yellow Bass Bonanza.
Schuttler and his partner Aaron Lauber entered 50 fish weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces in the contest held on February 8. Authorities say some of the fish were caught outside official tournament hours.
Schuttler received a deferred judgment and two years probation in Cerro Gordo County District Court.
Court records indicate Judge Annette Boehlje ordered Schuttler to pay $1,606 in restitution, $100 in costs and a $125 surcharges. A $625 civil penalty was suspended.
The prize package for first place, valued at $1,500, included a $1,000 Cabela’s gift package and $500 cash.
Tournament organizers posted the following comment on the tourney Facebook page after the incident:
A plea hearing for Lauber is scheduled for Aug. 8.