Man pleads guilty to illegally hunting alligators - - Jackson, MS

Man pleads guilty to illegally hunting alligators

Noah Randle, 21 Noah Randle, 21
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A man was behind bars Monday in Rankin County after pleading guilty to illegally hunting alligators.

It was a shocking find on April 14 when Mississippi Wildlife officials discovered alligator teeth, claws, hide and other parts throughout a Flowood apartment.

Noah Randle, 21, lived at Shadow Lake Apartments.

Wildlife Fisheries and Parks officers responded to a complaint from his neighbor that Randle was trying to bring a live, 5-foot alligator into his unit. 

When they arrived they found the alligator, as well as an assortment of alligator parts and homemade hunting materials.

Randle pleaded guilty Monday in Rankin County Justice Court to hunting alligators without a license and also illegal possession of alligator parts. 

Judge John Shirley sentenced Randle to five days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

"Had that gator bitten him or chewed on him we would have had to have ambulances, medical personnel and whatever," said Rankin County Prosecutor Richard Wilson. "You can only imagine what would have happened if it got out to the general public in our apartment complex with children and everything else.  So the state felt like he needed to pay as much as we could get him for this thing.  This was just an irresponsible act on his part."

Randle was also not permitted to have a hunting license in the state of Mississippi for the next year. 

Investigators tell WLBT the Louisiana native who was studying massage therapy in the Jackson metro area had returned to his home state following the initial arrest. 

Possession of drug paraphernalia charges are pending with Flowood Police.

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