August 12th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Court of Pococí on Saturday sentenced a man to one year in prison for killing a green sea turtle.
The man was identified as Roberto Martínez Martínez, a 40-year-old Nicaraguan national.
The sentence was read at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Court of Pococí.
On July 31st, authorities received a call that two individuals were killing a sea turtle on the beach near the local school in Barra del Tortuguero, Limon.
Authorities were able to surprise Martinez at the scene, though the other suspect was able to escape upon spotting the officers.
Martinez was caught behind a house as he was butchering the animal with a machete.
In Costa Rica, the legal protection of green sea turtles was established via executive order in 1963.