TULSA, Okla. (AP) - An Arkansas man has been sentenced to six months in prison for his role in the theft of paddlefish eggs in Oklahoma.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa says in a news release that 52-year-old Robbie Dale Tubbs of Newport was sentenced Thursday in federal court.
The Tulsa World reports that Tubbs said he didn't realize the crime was so serious and thought he would receive a ticket.
Three other Arkansas men and a Missouri man were sentenced to probation in July for illegally transporting the eggs out of Oklahoma and selling them to Tubbs in Missouri.
Paddlefish are shark-like freshwater fish whose eggs are considered by some to be a more available and affordable alternative to caviar. It is illegal to transport unfrozen paddlefish eggs out of Oklahoma.
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