MASON CITY | A man accused of cheating in a Clear Lake bass fishing contest has pleaded guilty to felony second-degree theft.
Jason F. Schuttler, 25, Manly, received a deferred judgment and two years probation Monday in Cerro Gordo County District Court.
Judge Annette Boehlje ordered Schuttler to pay $1,606 in restitution, $100 in costs and a $125 surcharge, according to court records. A $625 civil penalty was suspended.
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Schuttler and Aaron Lauber, 23, Clear Lake, were initially charged with second-degree theft for allegedly cheating in the Yellow Bass Bonanza fishing tournament in February.
The two received $1,000 Cabela’s gift packages and $500 for winning the contest, but authorities say Schuttler and Lauber caught some of the 50 fish they turned in for judging outside of tournament hours.
Court filings indicate a plea hearing for Lauber has been scheduled for Aug. 8.