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Central California Resident Pleads Guilty to Killing an Elephant Seal

Posted by John Rogers | Jan 07, 2021

The Los Angeles division of the U.S. Attorney's Office reported in a press release that a man admitted to killing an elephant seal off the central coast of California in September of last year. Via plea agreement, the defendant admitted he fatally shot an elephant seal in Monterey, California one evening.

Elephant seals are a protected species according to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Consequently, the defendant was charged with taking a marine mammal pursuant to 18 USC § 1372(a)(2)(a) making it a federal crime against the United States.

The defendant's sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 13, 2021 before U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer. Since the defendant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor federal offense, his statutory maximum sentence will be one year in federal prison.

For more information, or if you are under investigation for a federal charge, then contact our office to schedule a consultation with an experienced Federal criminal defense attorney.

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