Park ranger to serve 12-year prison sentence for attempted murder

After losing an appeal, Costa Rican Park Ranger Mauricio Steller, 32, turned himself in to prison guards Wednesday to begin a 12-year sentence. Steller was convicted last August of the attempted murder of Alix Castro Chavarría, who was caught poaching sea turtle eggs during a 2009 ranger patrol of Playa Carate in the southern Pacific Osa Peninsula.
During the patrol, Steller shot Castro in the chest with his service weapon, paralyzing 70 percent of Castro’s body.

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