Although three other 'fishermen' pled guilty and were also issued jail time, the last defendant was just sentenced. The news of this sentencing is receiving global recognition via the CTURTLE listserve, which published the following:
On Monday Nov. 15, 2010, the Superior Court sentenced Jimmy K. Manalo to six months in prison for removing a green sea turtle from CNMI waters.
The six-month sentence is all suspended except for one month, with credit for time served.
Manalo had admitted that, on Sept. 5, 2010, he with others knowingly and willingly possessed a green sea turtle by removing it from the ocean to the land, violating administrative regulations and laws of the CNMI.
Manalo will be placed on three years of probation, pay a $1000 fine, forfeit the fishing gear used to possess the turtle, and perform community service.
Manalo is barred from boarding a boat for fishing during his probation, and his spearfishing shall be limited and monitored by local conservation authorities.