AUGUSTA – A commercial fisherman will spend four months in jail for failing to pay state income tax on $303,000 he earned in a three-year period.

It will be the second time Francesco A. Rytky, 46, of Cushing serves time for failing to file state income tax returns. He was convicted in 2005 in Knox County of six counts of failure to file Maine income tax returns.

On Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court, he was sentenced to two years in jail — with all but four months suspended and two years of probation — for failure to pay 2006 tax and failure to make and file 2007 and 2008 state income tax returns.

“I apologize to the state and to the court for any inconvenience,” Rytky said. He asked for minimal jail time, saying, “Any significant time would be a hardship and could cause me to lose my job.”

Assistant Attorney General Gregg Bernstein asked that Rytky spend six months in jail.

Rytky recently paid off the remaining $13,000 from his 2005 convictions, and had paid some of the $6,439 restitution due in the current case.