Man charged with killing alligator, trying to sell meat

Posted at 7:33 AM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 07:33:58-04

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been charged with killing an alligator and trying to sell its meat.

Local news outlets report that 33-year-old Shaun Edward Sparks was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of possessing and killing an alligator.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says residents in a Lakeland neighborhood called authorities Sunday afternoon, saying Sparks was trying to sell them an alligator tail. A licensed trapper responded and found the seven-foot alligator's carcass. The animal had been stabbed multiple times.

After his arrest, Sparks told officers he had taken to meat home to show his girlfriend, 27-year-old Christy Michelle Vincent. She was also arrested and charged with a single count of possessing an alligator.

Jail records didn't list attorneys for Sparks or Vincent.

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