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Hawaii aquarium fish collector gets suspended sentence

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii fish collector who tore a scuba regulator out of the mouth of an anti-aquarium fish activist won't have to spend time in jail if he stays out of trouble under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors.

West Hawaii Today reports Jay Lovell pleaded no contest to second-degree terroristic threatening on Tuesday.

He received a six-month deferred sentence and must also obtain an anger management assessment as part of the agreement reached between prosecutors and Lovell's defense attorney.

Lovell won't have to serve the time and the incident may be removed from his record if he stays out of trouble for one year.

Rene Umberger and five other divers were filming Lovell harvesting fish in about 50 feet of water when Lovell ripped the regulator out of Umberger's mouth.

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