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Keys man sentenced for lobster poaching

A Florida Keys man has been sentenced to nearly two years behind bars for possessing nearly 300 undersized lobsters.

Monroe County Judge Ruth Becker also stripped 50-year-old Angel Cancio of Big Pine Key of his commercial fishing license for three years after his release.

It took a jury about an hour Monday to convict Cancio of possessing 277 undersized wrung lobster tails while fishing with his 28-year-old son near No Name Key in September 2009. State wildlife officers said the men threw a box containing the lobsters into the water and tried to flee when confronted by authorities.

Cancio's son is serving an 18-month sentence at the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island, where Cancio also will be imprisoned.

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