The last of five Lower Keys fishermen snared last year in a state wildlife case and accused of illegally selling fish to undercover officers will likely plead guilty in Plantation Key on April 9.

Key West charter Capt. William Osgood Wickers Jr., 42, of Big Coppitt Key, has a change of plea scheduled before county Judge William Ptomey, according to court records.

Wickers is charged with 12 misdemeanor counts of selling fish to officers without a wholesale fish dealer's license and one misdemeanor count of possession of undersized dolphin fish.

Each misdemeanor carries a maximum of 60 days in county jail, but if the other cases are any indication, it is unlikely Wickers will spend the maximum 780 days in jail for all counts.

Wickers and four other men were charged in the undercover Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigation into the illegal sale of finfish and lobster by charter and commercial fishermen.

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