Published: Feb 21, 2012 9:02 PM EST
Updated: Feb 22, 2012 12:24 AM EST

ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- Juanita Schultz has been found guilty of felony tampering with a turtle nest after disturbing one that was on her Englewood property in 2010.

Though Schultz insisted she would never do anything to hurt the endangered animals, and her lawyer disputed that the nest ever existed, witnesses testified that they saw her pull up the stakes marking off a sea turtle's nest.

One of Schultz' tenants was also charged at the time with disturbing the nest, but she opted for a plea deal with the state.