Sea Turtle Egg Stealer Gets Stiff Sentence
Two and a half years behind bars for Riviera Beach man who swiped eggs
Published at 7:46 AM EST on Feb 25, 2011 | Updated at 8:41 AM EST on Feb 25, 2011
The South Florida man who was caught with over 120 sea turtle eggs in his backpack will be doing some hard time.
Kenneth Coleman, 48, was sentenced to two and a half years behind bars Thursday, two months after he pleaded guilty to the crime.
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.
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