Agents Cite Three Subjects for Harassment of a Hunter in St. Mary Parish
Published 6:33 am Thursday, February 23, 2023
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three subjects for alleged harassment of hunters on Feb. 18 in St. Mary Parish.
Agents cited Laci L. Broussard, 43, Michael Vincent, 44, and Merrill Jacob, 65, all of Franklin, for harassment of people lawfully hunting. Broussard was also arrested for criminal damage to property greater than $1,000 and hunting without a basic hunting license.
On Dec. 14, 2022, agents received a complaint about a hunter that got into a verbal altercation on his hunting lease where he was threatened that his personal belongings would be damaged if they were not removed. The hunter later returned to his hunting lease and found his deer stand valued at over $3,000 was shot multiple times.
After further investigation, agents discovered multiple photographs from the hunter’s game camera showing Broussard making obscene gestures. Agents also recovered 9 mm casings and a 9 mm projectile from the deer stand.
On Feb. 18, agents made contact with the subjects and they admitted to urinating in the hunter’s feed pile. Broussard also admitted to shooting the deer stand with her 9 mm pistol. Agents seized the pistol and booked her into the St. Mary Parish Jail.
Criminal damage to property greater than $1,000 brings up to a $1,000 fine and two years in jail. Harassment of people lawfully hunting and hunting without a basic hunting license brings up to a $350 fine for each offense.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Jake Darden and Corporal Steven Jackson.