Kenneth Coleman, 48, was sentenced to two and a half years behind bars Thursday, two months after he pleaded guilty to the crime.
Lights Off! Sea Turtles Struggle On Bright Night Beaches
In Fort Lauderdale, sea turtle advocates still struggle to get some beachfront buildings to cooperate with laws limiting light at night -- light that can be deadly for sea turtle hatchlings. (Published Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010)
Coleman had dug up 123 eggs from the endangered animal on Riviera Beach last summer. He was charged with violating the endangered species act as well as resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.
The eggs were later reburied in the hopes they would hatch. Authorities say they would be worth as much as $350 apiece on the black market.