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Man Sentenced To Prison For Shooting Death Of Seal

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A former Central Coast man has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for killing the animal.

Federal prosecutors say Jordan Gerbich pled guilty to one count of illegally killing a marine mammal.

Investigators say in September of 2019, Gerbich went to an elephant seal viewing area near the Piedras Blancas Marine Reserve at night. He had a pistol, and a flashlight.

Prosecutors say he shot and killed one of the northern elephant seals, which are a protected species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The 30-year-old man now lives in Utah, but at the time was living in Santa Maria. In addition to the three-month prison sentence, Gerbich was ordered to serve three months of home detention, a year of supervised release, pay a fine and do community service.