Hunting deer at night in December was a costly adventure for two Warren County men, according to officials with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
On Wednesday, Michael Shane Uzzle, Jr. 19, of Vicksburg and Ricky Breland, 20, of Redwood were found guilty of headlighting deer in a Warren County Justice Court.
Uzzle pled guilty to two counts of headlighting and was fined $10,382 after serving 10 days in the Warren County jail. Additionally, his right to hunt, fish, and trap is forfeited for two years.
It was not Uzzle’s first arrest for a wildlife violation, the MDWFP said. He was under a one-year license forfeiture for the illegal harvest of a paddlefish earlier in 2014. He was fined $2,500 in that case.
Breland pled guilty to one count of headlighting and was fined $4,492 after serving 30 days in jail. His right to hunt, fish, and trap is forfeited for one year.
The two men were arrested on the night of Dec. 14, 2014, along Highway 465 in Warren County by a MDWFP Conservation Officer with assistance from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling,” MDWFP Chief of Law Enforcement Col. Steve Adcock said in a news release from the agency. “Apprehending those who headlight has been and will continue to be a priority for our law enforcement officers."