After two accomplices received relative slaps on the wrist (*1 year probation) for harming extremely sensitive fish habitat near Death Valley, the third suspect won’t be so lucky.
According to the National Park Service, 28 year-old Trenton Sargent, a former felon, will serve a year and one day behind bars after destroying habitat that supports one of the rarest aquatic species in the world.
“On October 25, 2018, U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon sentenced Sargent to 12 months and a day in prison and three years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson and Death Valley National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds.” – National Park Service
The area in question is host to the Devil’s Hole Pupfish, of which there are only a reported 115 left on Earth. Sargent and his accomplices, Edgar Reyes and Steven Schwinkendorf rammed the gate that protects the Pupfish’s home.
After multiple, unsuccessful attempts to break through the gate and shoot the lock off, the three climbed the protective fence and gained access to the sensitive habitat area. They proceeded to destroy camera equipment and ultimately, Sargent took a naked dip in the pool and ultimately stepped on delicate pupfish eggs during what is known as a crucial spawning period for the fish.
Find the entire release here: 3rd Man Sentenced in Devils Hole Pupfish Case