Man Sentenced For Smuggling Sea Turtle Skins: He Made Boots For Bush And Ex-Mexican Prez

A Mexican man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Colorado for illegally importing skins from sea turtles and other endangered animals. Turns out that he had some prominent customers.

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By The Associated Press
DENVER-A man who made boots for President Bush and former Mexican President Vicente Fox has been sentenced to two years in prison for his part in smuggling endangered sea turtle skins and other exotic leathers from Mexico to the United States.
Martin Villegas Terrones of Leon, Mexico, was sentenced in Denver this week to two years in prison.
Terrones pleaded guilty in March to federal smuggling charges.
He is the sixth person to be sentenced in the case. Four others have been indicted but remain at large.
Federal prosecutors say Terrones made boots for Fox and Fox’s bodyguards, Cabinet members and friends. President Bush accepted a pair of Terrones’ ostrich-skin cowboy boots as a gift in 2001.
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