Millbury man sentenced for illegal sale of fish


A Millbury man who pleaded guilty to several wildlife violations has been sentenced.

Curtis Asman, 46, appeared Tuesday in the courtroom of Wood County Common Pleas Judge Matt Reger.

He had been accused of selling fish caught on the charter boat on which he worked.

He pleaded guilty in October to three wildlife violations that occurred in July and September 2021 and May 2022. All are fifth-degree felonies.

Three additional counts were dismissed.

“He knows that ignorance of the law is not a defense,” said Bruce Boerst Jr., who was representing Asman. “This has been an eye-opening experience not only for him but his entire family.”

Wood County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Gross asked that the title to Asman’s Chevy Silverado be transferred to the state’s division of wildlife and that the defendant’s fishing license be revoked for three years or until restitution is paid in full.

She added the civil case against Asman will be dismissed and a 2011 Chrysler sedan that had been seized by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources be returned.

Reger imposed a sentence of three years on community control and ordered Asman to seek drug abuse treatment as he tested positive for cocaine at the time of his presentence investigation.

Asman must pay $10,000 in restitution to the division of wildlife within three years and have no wildlife violations in that time.

Reger allowed Asman to continue cleaning fish for Sassy Sal Charters, Port Clinton.

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