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Brunswick man sentenced for sea turtle egg theft

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BRUNSWICK, GA (WTOC) -

A Brunswick man was sentenced last week to six months in jail for illegally acquiring sea turtle eggs, which are an endangered species.

Lewis Jackson Sr., 58, was sentenced in federal court for violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits anyone from acquiring, receiving or transporting loggerhead sea turtle eggs.

In May 2012, Jackson took more than 156 loggerhead sea turtle eggs from nests on Sapelo Island. The loggerhead eggs were packaged in such a way that indicating they would be sold, according to the U.S. District Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia. Loggerhead eggs can cost as much as $15 per egg on the black market. 

Jackson was also ordered to perform 156 hours of community service, an hour for each loggerhead sea turtle egg taken.  

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