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Fisherman pleads guilty to cheating in tournament

Robby Rose Robby Rose

By Louis Ojeda Jr.

ROCKWALL – A professional fisherman pleaded guilty to cheating in a tournament near Dallas last year.

Robby Rose, 45, of Garland, Tex., was accused of stuffing a lead weight into a bass fish during the 2009 Bud Light Trail Boss Big Bass Tournament on Lake Ray Hubbard, just northeast of Dallas, on Oct. 24. The grand prize of the competition was $55,000

At the tournament, weigh-in officials noticed Rose's bass fish settled near the bottom of the tank it had been placed in and after an examination, they noticed a lump in its belly.

When he was told officials intended on cutting it open, Rose took the fish, massaged its belly, and removed a one-pound lead weight from its gullet.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden, Tom Carbone, investigated the incident and turned his findings over to the Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney's Office, which filed the attempted felony theft charge against Rose on April 9. 

"We took this case very seriously," said Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper. "As far as we were concerned, the case was about a $55,000 bass boat, not a ten-pound fish."

Rose pleaded guilty on Wednesday to theft of more than $20,000 but less than $100,000.

"Cheating is cheating," said lead prosecutor Alex Imgrund, "and neither the fishing community, nor this office, will tolerate it."

Rose was sentenced to five years probations, 15 days in jail and loss of his fishing license during the probation. 

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