Saint James City man facing two conservation law charges connected to manatees, turtles

Gary Lee Stone, 68, was arrested and charged Wednesday on animal conservation charges…

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A Saint James City man is facing multiple charges involving turtles and manatees.

Gary Lee Stone, 68, was arrested and charged Wednesday afternoon on charges of destroying, selling, or molesting turtles or eggs or nests and molesting, injuring, killing, or capturing a manatee (subsequent offense).

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Lee County Sheriff’s Office was the arresting agency, acting on a Florida Wildlife Commission warrant.

Details behind the charges were not available.

Stone remains in Lee County Jail on no bond. His arraignment is April 19.

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