Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Poaching Sea Turtle Eggs

By Megan Gannon, News Editor | March 31, 2014 05:21pm ET

Florida may be the American epicenter of weird wildlife crime, where contraband lizards spring zombie-like from the ground and riding manatees or sick sperm whales is practically a native art.

In the latest animal-related offense to hit the Sunshine State, a man plead guilty Friday (March 28) to snatching 316 sea turtle eggs from Juno Beach on the Atlantic coast, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.

The suspect, Kenneth Cornelius Coleman, 52, of Riviera Beach, Fla., faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, authorities said. The eggs, which belonged to loggerhead and green sea turtles, are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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