A Manns Harbor commercial fisherman has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the illegal catch and sale of striped bass from federal waters nearly seven years ago.

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that James Ralph Craddock, 71, entered the guilty plea Monday on a charge of violating the federal Lacey Act, which prohibits  transporting, selling or buying fish and wildlife harvested illegally.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for March 27, when Craddock will face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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