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.
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.