By Dance Aoki
Pictures stored in a stolen camera led authorities to several men accused of possessing a federally protected green sea turtle, which had been butchered.
Green sea turtles are considered a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, a federal law.
Today, Joseph San Nicolas Mansapit, 42, will appear in U.S. District Court for a sentencing hearing.
Mansapit pleaded guilty in June to the charge of possessing a threatened species, according to district court documents. Three other men pleaded guilty to the same crime.
Missing camera The chain of events that led to their arrest started with a camera reported stolen to the Guam Police Department in April 2012.
The victim's husband found an identical model for sale on the Internet and decided to buy it, court documents state.
After they bought it, the victim realized the camera was the same one she had originally reported stolen, documents state, however, the camera contained a different memory card.
Incriminating photos On the memory card, the victim found photographs of men butchering a turtle, court documents state.
The photographs were sent to the Guam Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatics and Wildlife Resources. More....