Freeport fisherman to be sentenced for catching red snapper without commercial license
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A red snapper is pulled out of the gulf during the three-day red snapper season on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / © 2017 Houston Chronicle

A Freeport man is set to be sentenced Friday in a Houston federal court for lying to federal agents about a massive and unauthorized red snapper haul last March.

Jamal Marshall, 36, who was only  licensed for recreational fishing, pleaded guilty on Aug. 24 for lying to federal agents about hundreds of fish he'd brought in.

He had 488 red snapper and 154 vermilion snapper on board the vessel when stopped by officials, a gross violation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) catch limits. The fish had a market value of $30,000.

But Marshall also admitted he had sold $35,000 worth of fish to Houston-area restaurants.

Another defendant, Jacob Brown, 35, of Lake Jackson was sentenced on Nov. 29 to three years of supervised release for lying about the same fishing trip.

Marshall's attorney could not be reached for comment about the sentencing.

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