By L. Arias
A court sentenced a Costa Rican man to a year in jail for destroying sea turtle nests, but then reduced the sentence to three years probation.
A criminal court in Santa Cruz, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, sentenced a local man to one year in prison for destroying turtle nests, an environmental crime in Costa Rica, the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) reported on Thursday. SINAC did not release the man's name.
However, he will serve no time in prison, as the court then reduced the sentence to three years probation. The case wrapped up two years after he was first arrested.
The defendant also was ordered to pay a ₡381,930 ($764) fine plus court costs. Per his probation arrangement, the one-year jail sentenced would be added to any other sentence if the man is convicted of an additional crime in the next three years.
The case dates to May 24, 2011, when park rangers of the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge found the man poaching eggs from an endangered olive ridley turtle nest (Lepidochelys olivacea).
The suspect, in possession of 200 eggs, was taken to the Prosecutors’ Office in Santa Cruz, where the judicial process against him began. More....