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Jun 13, 2013 11:23 AM by AP(PHOTO COURTESY: MGN ONLINE)

DA: Turtle owner won't face prosecution

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Robert Zinn will not face criminal prosecution for the misdemeanor citation he received when state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents seized 103 of his 115 box turtles April 2, saying he did not have the proper permits to house them.

Zinn tells The Advocate he was happy to learn Wednesday that he will not face criminal prosecution.

For 13 years, Wildlife and Fisheries agents issued Zinn permits to house the turtles.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said he decided not to pursue charges because in a letter Zinn received in 1999, a biologist asked him for the species and number of animals that would be permanently held when he applied for a special-purpose possession permit.

Moore said the words "permanently held" are what he based his decision on.

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