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Man pleads guilty to getting sea turtle eggs

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A Brunswick man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to acquiring loggerhead sea turtle eggs.

Acquiring, receiving or transporting loggerhead sea turtle eggs is in violation of the Lacey Act, which protects the endangered sea turtles species under federal law.

Lewis Jackson Sr., 58, pleaded guilty to charges that in May 2012 he took over 150 loggerhead sea turtle eggs from nests on Sapelo Island.

When the nests were seized from Jackson, the loggerhead eggs were packaged in a way that they could be sold, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia. Sea turtle eggs can go for as $15 per egg on the black market. 

Jackson faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. His sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled. 

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