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A 72-year-old Long Prairie competitive angler was sentenced to seven days in jail this week for cheating at the Park Rapids American Legion Community Fishing Derby in February, Forum Communications reports.

Alfred “Tom” Mead, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft by swindle in last month for secretly bringing a live northern pike that he had caught on another lake to the contest. He had initially denied the charge.

“Your conduct had a major impact on these things (fishing tournaments),” Hubbard County District Court Judge Robert Tiffany told Mead, Forum reported. “I hope you realize the seriousness of your conduct.”

The top prize in the contest was a fish house valued at $10,000. Mead is well-known on angling contest circuits and has won events before, the Park Rapids Enterprise notes.

Mead did not comment during his sentencing, Forum reported.

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