The former star of a reality TV show has just been handed a federal prison sentence. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Robbie Keszey, who starred on Discovery Channel’s “Swamp Brothers,” was sentenced to one year in prison in connection with smuggling snakes.
Keszey wrestled with alligators and venomous snakes on his Florida snake farm for the Discovery series, which followed the experienced reptile handler along with his “skittish brother,” Stephen Keszey, as Stephen tried to learn the reptile business.
But Robbie Keszey was reportedly supplementing his income with other reptile-related work: He and business partner Robroy MacInnes smuggled legally protected snakes such as eastern timber rattlesnakes and eastern indigo snakes around the country, along with reportedly shipping them overseas. The pair were indicted in 2012 and convicted last year.
Last week, the paper reports, Keszey received a one-year prison sentence and MacInnes got 18 months.
The show began airing on Discovery in 2011.