RICHARD STEVEN NELSON PUT ON PROBATION FOR HARVESTING OYSTERS FROM POLLUTED
OF ST. MARY’S COUNTY
LEONARDTOWN, MD. – Do you like a dose of a contagious disease with your oysters?
Richard Steven Nelson, of 45950 Bates Road, Great Mills, Md., hired Leonardtown attorney Dan Slade to make a plea deal for him when he was nabbed by NRP Officer Corey Thorne for catching oysters over the pollution line in an area closed to the harvesting of oysters by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The taking of oysters from the banned areas was implemented due to rising bacteria levels that can cause serious illness and death.
On May 6, 2019, Slade and St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz agreed in District Court in a plea deal for a verdict of Probation Before Judgement and unsupervised probation for two years.