Man sentenced for illegal gator hunting

By The Associated Press

FLOWOOD — A Louisiana native has been pleaded guilty to charges of illegally hunting alligators in Mississippi.

WLBT-TV in Jackson reports that 21-year-old Noah Randle entered the plea this week in Rankin County Justice Court. Judge John Shirley sentenced Randle to five days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Mississippi wildlife officials allegedly found an alligator, alligator parts and snake venom in his apartment in Flowood. Authorities say they also found parts from other alligators and venom that had been milked from a snake.

Randle also will not be permitted to have a hunting license in the state of Mississippi for the next year.

Authorities say Randle would hunt the creatures on a lake owned by the apartment complex, leaving out hooks and waiting for the alligators to bite.

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