3 Down, 1 To Go in Rockfish Poaching Scheme Sentencing

The state of Maryland figures four watermen stole about $500,000 worth of rockfish from the Chesapeake Bay when they poached 92 tons of the striped bass from 2007-2011. They’ve all been convicted.

Maryland state police go through poached rockfish
Maryland State Police sort through poached rockfish (photo courtesy Maryland Department of Natural Resources)

One of the two ringleaders, William J. Lednum, 41, got a year and a day in prison and must pay the state $498,293 in restitution.

A helper, Lawrence Daniel Murphy, 37, of St. Michaels, pleaded guilty in September and received probation, but was ordered to pay $40,000 in fines and restitution.

On January 7, Kent Conley Sadler, 31, of Tilghman Island, was ordered to spend 30 days in jail and pay $25,000 in fines and restitution.

Michael D. Hayden Jr., 43, of Tilghman Island, considered the other ring-leader pleaded guilty and will be sentenced Feb. 27.

Read more about the scheme in the Baltimore Sun story by ..


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