Fmr. State Senator Fined for Killing Goslings

Former State Senator Mike Gunn entered a guilty plea Tuesday morning to the charge of removal and killing of young geese.

He agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for what he did and will serve a year of probation and must perform 80 hours of community service. He will not serve any jail time.

Gunn was charged originally with hunting geese out of season by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, but that agency turned the case over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which handled the prosecution through the U.S. Attorney's Office.

One of Gunn's neighbors at the reservoir, Carol Boland, says she saw Gunn capture the young geese, put them in a gas grill and then hit them over the head to kill them earlier this year. Seven goslings were killed.

"I ran afoul of the law and laid a huge egg," Gunn said as he left the courthouse on Wednesday. "I have received a gaggle of problems as a result, and I am just glad this wild goose chase is behind us now."

The 80 hours of community service was not specified but must be approved by the court.