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Three Found Guilty For Oyster Poaching

Annapolis, Maryland (April 11, 2011) – On April 6, 2011, in Queen Anne’s County District Court, Judge Douglas Howard Everngam presided over three (3) Natural Resources violation cases with the following outcomes:

Brandon Howard Mende, 22, of Centreville, Md. was found guilty of removing oysters from an oyster sanctuary and oyster fishing without a commercial license. He was fined $800 and placed on 18 months probation.

Benjamin Shaffer Byers, 21, of Bozman, Md. was found guilty of removing oysters from an oyster sanctuary. He was fined $500 and placed on 18 months probation.

Brian Todd Hambleton, 24 of Bozman, Md. was found guilty of removing oysters from an oyster sanctuary. He was fined $500 and placed on 18 months of probation.


  April 11, 2011

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