Riviera man gets 2 years in prison for unlawful possession of sea turtle eggs

Stole about 120 eggs from the beach

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. - A 48-year-old Riviera Beach man was sentenced to more than two years in prison today after being convicted of unlawfully possessing endangered green sea turtle eggs, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Kenneth Cornelius Coleman was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release to follow his prison term, a U.S. Attorney's news release stated. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 16.

Coleman was arrested in August 2010 after police said he dug up and stole about 120 eggs on the beach.

According to the indictment and other documents, Coleman was spotted early on the morning of Aug. 27 by a Juno Beach police officer, riding his bike with no lights and going the wrong way on Ocean Drive. Coleman sped away but was later caught. Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found a backpack containing the eggs that they said was Coleman's.

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