2 fishermen in Florida Keys get prison sentences for conspiring to illegally …

KEY WEST, Fla. — Authorities say two Florida Keys commercial fishermen have been sentenced to prison for conspiring to illegally harvest lobster.

Rush Maltz and Titus Werner each pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez also ordered Maltz to sell two fishing boats owned by his charter fishing company.

Attorneys say both men are working with federal authorities to remove more than 200 artificial habitats they had illegally placed in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to lure and corral spiny lobsters for harvesting.

The Key West Citizen (http://bit.ly/HmEs9o ) reports that Maltz apologized Tuesday in Key West federal court. Werner told the judge he was committed to setting a better example for youth in the Keys.

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Information from: The Key West Citizen, http://www.keysnews.com



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