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Former Central Coast Man Enters Guilty Plea To Shooting, Killing Seal

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Federal prosecutors say a former Santa Barbara County man has pled guilty to a charge that he intentionally shot, and killed a seal. 

Jordan Gerbich drove to an elephant seal viewing area near San Simeon.  He was there at night.  Prosecutors say Gerbich walked down to the beach with a flashlight, and pistol, where he shot and killed one of the seals.

They are a protected species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

The former Santa Maria resident now lives in Utah.  He entered the guilty plea in a videoconference.  Gerbich could face up to a year in prison for the September, 2019 attack when he’s sentenced next April.