Night Hunters Sentenced After Shooting Decoy
On the night of January 3, 2003, Danny Joe McComic, 25, James V. McComic, 59, and Terry Wayne Brown Jr., 21, all of Boyce were cited by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents for a variety of night hunting violations in Rapides Parish. The men were apprehended after shooting a deer decoy at night from a truck with a .22-caliber rifle off of Valentine Lake Road.
On October 28, James V. McComic and Terry Wayne Brown Jr. went before Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Donald T. Johnson with Assistant District Attorney Chris Maxwell representing the state. Both men entered pleas of guilty to hunting deer at night. Each man was fined $900, plus $148.50 in court costs. The court costs were then suspended. Brown’s .22 caliber rifle was ordered forfeited to LDWF.
On December 1, Danny Joe McComic appeared before Ninth Judicial District Court Judge B. Dexter Ryland with Assistant District Attorney Monique Metoyer representing the state. McComic entered a plea of guilty to the charge of illegal use of a weapon. He was fined $1000, plus $188 in court costs. In addition, McComic was sentenced to a two-year jail sentence, which was suspended. He was placed on probation for five years with a $55 per month supervision fee and the provision that he refrain from all criminal conduct and not be in possession of a firearm for the five year time period.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents who participated in this case were Sgt. Eric Stokes, Senior Agent Travis Burnett and Senior Agent Kevin Hill.