Three men turned themselves in to Florida police this week for having allegedly dragged a live shark behind their boat at high speed over the summer.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, 21-year-old Michael Wenzel and 28-year-old Robert Lee “Bo” Benac were each charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty — both felonies — and a misdemeanor count. If convicted, they could each face maximum five-year prison sentences and fines of US$10,000 (~8449 Euros).

Twenty-three-year-old Spencer Heintz was only charged with the two felonies.

Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said:

“The State Attorney’s Office is committed to holding these men accountable for having engaged in such senseless and unjustifiable animal cruelty.”

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John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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