Region 8 Man Hit with $20K Fine for Threatening Officer

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Tuckerman man has been sentenced to two years probation and fined $20,000 for threatening to shoot a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer.

U.S. Attorney Jane Duke announced Monday the sentencing of 62-year-old Gerald Dean Burgess, who pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting a federal officer in February 2007.  Authorities say Burgess was in a pontoon fishing on the Cache River when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Officer Vic Coffman pulled up next to his boat to check Burgess' fishing license.

Authorities say Burgess pointed a rifle muzzle out of the pontoon's window and fired a shot.  According to authorities, Burgess then pointed a shotgun at Coffman and threatened to shoot if the officer did not leave.

Burgess pleaded guilty in November.

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