ELLSWORTH — A Maine fisherman is going to jail for six months after pleading guilty to charges he stole more than $2,000 worth of lobsters from a seafood dealer.

Thirty-year-old Shaun G. Lemoine of Swan Island told a judge earlier this month he was having financial problems because of the low price of lobster and a previous incarceration that had put him behind on his bills.

And then his wife was hospitalized a few days before the 2008 theft of six crates of lobsters taken from a dealer’s float.

In addition to the jail time, a judge ordered Lemoine to pay $2,014 in restitution.

The Bangor Daily News says the judge delayed Lemoine’s sentence until Feb. 26 to give the fisherman time help his brother with his fishing gear.