Updated: Florida Man Sentenced for Poaching Sea Turtle Eggs

By: Associated Press News Email
By: Associated Press News Email

Update: Associated Press
June 27, 2014

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida man has been sentenced to two years in prison for poaching more than 300 sea turtle eggs.

Kenneth Cornelius Coleman of Riviera Beach pleaded guilty in March to one count of unlawfully transporting endangered sea turtle eggs. He faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he was sentenced Thursday.

U.S. District Judge William Zloch ordered for the two-year sentence to run consecutively to a yearlong prison sentence Coleman received for violating his supervised release after a 2010 guilty plea for poaching.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Coleman took 316 sea turtle eggs from nests in Juno Beach over two days last July. Authorities matched DNA from a canvas bag containing more than 200 eggs to DNA previously obtained from Coleman.

News Release: Associated Press News

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A South Florida man is facing federal charges after allegedly poaching more than 300 sea turtle eggs from a beach.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reports that 51-year-old Kenneth Cornelius Coleman is charged with illegally taking and attempting to sell the turtle eggs.

Authorities say Coleman took 316 sea turtle eggs from nests in Juno Beach over two days last July. The poaching was discovered by employees at a sea turtle rescue center, who were able to rebury more than 200 of the eggs found in canvas bags on the beach.

The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/1i2dLsS) reports that witnesses identified the poacher as Coleman, who has a history of similar illegal poaching. He is currently imprisoned for a probation violation from a past conviction and does not yet have a lawyer in the latest case.


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