Man who laughed as he dragged shark to death behind speedboat jailed


A man who laughed and smiled as he dragged a shark to its death behind a speedboat has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.

Robert Lee Benac, now 30, was one of three men involved in a viral video that saw them ruthlessly dragging the predator in Florida, US.

The horrific footage shows the shark visibly struggling as it bashes off the water at speed.

One of the men was seen gloating on camera: “Look, it’s already almost dead,” as the poor animal struggled to break free from the line.

Florida Wildlife Investigators believe the shark had already been shot before being dragged.

The sentence will see Benac serve a total of three weekends in prison, as well as 11 months of probation and a $2,500 fine, US broadcaster CNN reports.

His fishing license was also revoked for three years, his attorney  Justin Brent Petredis reportedly said.

The video came to light after Miami fisherman Mark Quartiano, who goes by “Mark the Shark,” was sent the footage by two Instagram users.

He said at the time he was “horrified” by the video and decided to post it in the hope those responsible would be held to account.

Benac had originally been charged with two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty before he agreed to a plea deal, meaning one charged was dropped and the other reduced to misdemeanor.

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