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A Florida man who is a shark and is dragged to death behind a fast boat, agreed to a plea deal Tuesday and was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
Robert Lee “Bo” Benac, the III, was the third person on the face of the charges stemming from the June 2017 incident in which a shark was seen on video being dragged by a rope on a 22-foot boat near Egmont Key. The men could be heard laughing at the shark in the image, which was posted on social media, generated widespread anger.
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission initiated a legal action against Benac, Michael Wenzel, 23, took a similar plea deal in February, according to the Bradenton Herald.
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Robert Lee “Bo” Benac, III, was convicted and sentenced to 10 days in jail last Thursday for the drag of the shark on the back of the boat, and the recording of the meeting in July, 2017.
(Hillsborough County Sheriff)
In addition to the 10-day jail sentence, Benac, received 11 months on probation, ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and perform 250 hours of community service, or 125 that must be spent in an animal shelter, the outlet reported. He lost his fishing license for three years.
Benac pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and violation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Benac, Wenzel, and W. Heintz, 35, were arrested in December 2017, however, the charges against Heintz was eventually dropped, according to the Bradenton Herald.
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Benac, and Wenzel was not so lucky.
After the incident, videos started to surface with the truth. Turned out to Wenzel, the inclusion of a shark with a .38-caliber revolver, and another showed the men pouring alcohol down the throat of the fish that are living in the Tampa Bay Times reported.
“We were confident in what we do and what we are able to see it, but at the end of the day, you can never be 100% confident in the jury system …,” Benac’s attorney, Justin Petredis said. “That was a concern, the anger, and the emotions of the jury, it would have to compensate for what we hoped common sense would take over.”
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Petredis said Benac, took the plea deal because of how much the videos have been shared online, the outlet reported. Benac also receive a credit for one day spent in jail.