A federal judge next week will decide the fate of two Sugar Camp men who admitted to illegal possession of American bald eagles.
Alvin Sowinski, 78, and his son, Paul, 46, will be sentenced on Monday in U.S. District Court in Madison.
Both men have agreed to pay $100,000 in restitution and consented to revocation of their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for at least five years.
They also face a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $100,000 fine each.
For Alvin Sowinski, the U.S. Attorney’s office is seeking a 15-year ban on hunting, fishing and trapping rights; five years of probation, restitution of $100,000; a $30,000 fine; and jail time within federal advisory guidelines.
His attorney has asked for no jail time, writing in a sentencing memo that incarceration “serves no purpose, as such an imposed sentence would be highly unusual in the context of comparable cases around the country.
For Paul Sowinski, the U.S. Attorney’s office is seeking a 15-year ban on hunting, fishing and trapping rights; five years of probation; restitution of $100,000; a $20,000 fine; and jail time within federal advisory guidelines.
Paul’s attorney is seeking probation of 0 to 6 months and a fine between $500 and $5,000.
The Sowinski family owns approximately 8,000 acres of land in Oneida County, and uses approximately half of that for potato farming. Prosecutors allege the Sowinskis poisoned more than 70 animals, including at least two bald eagles.
Friends and family of the Sowinskis have written to U.S. District Judge James Peterson, who will preside over the sentencing hearing, to express support for Alvin and Paul.