GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Two north Alabama men have been convicted of cheating during a fishing tournament on Lake Guntersville.
A judge convicted Gary Lee Minor Jr. of Albertville and Robert Scott Gillaspie of Boaz after a non-jury trial Monday.
There were found guilty of theft by deception and tampering with a sporting event.
To avoid jail the men must pay $1,000 and court costs, spend two years on probation and perform 400 hours of community service work.
The men were arrested after winning a fishing tournament in Guntersville in April.
Another angler told the judge he saw the men stop at a dock and emerge with a large bass in a net that was taken from inside the dock.
The men indicated they'll appeal, but they're already banned from future fishing tournaments.