By Paula McMahon
A Palm Beach County man, who previously served a federal prison sentence for poaching sea turtle eggs, is facing new charges that he stole 316 sea turtle eggs from nests in Juno Beach.
Kenneth Cornelius Coleman, 51, came under suspicion after beach surveyors who check on turtle nests found hundreds of eggs that had been taken from nests over the July 4 holiday, according to court records.
Coleman was arrested in August and, a month later, he was sentenced to another year in federal prison for several violations of the terms of his supervised release, court records show. He was previously sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for a 2010 offense of trying to sell sea turtle eggs, wildlife that is protected under the Endangered Species Act, authorities said.
Federal agents from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service filed a criminal complaint against Coleman on Thursday, accusing him of possessing the endangered sea turtle eggs, which have an estimated black market value of between $950 and $1,580. If convicted, he faces several more years in federal prison.