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April 8, 2013

Man must help sea turtle center after eggs stolen

SAPELO ISLAND — A man who pleaded guilty to taking 156 loggerhead sea turtle eggs from a Georgia island has been sentenced to six months in prison.

The Florida Times-Union reports (http://bit.ly/17iSoMK) that Louis Jackson Sr. must also serve 156 hours of community service -- one hour for each egg taken -- at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.

About a year ago, Georgia wildlife agents discovered that someone had disturbed turtle nests on Sapelo Island. Officers then intercepted the Sapelo Island ferry on May 27, 2012. A K-9 trained to detect wildlife items was used to search passengers and Jackson was apprehended.

Sea turtle eggs are prized by some as a purported aphrodisiac and a food delicacy. Prosecutors say there was evidence that Jackson planned to sell them.

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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

 

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