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Tucson Man Fined and Ordered to Pay $180,000 in Restitution for Molino II Fire

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – Michael J. Sobcynski, 64, of Tucson, was ordered last week by United States Magistrate Judge Michael A. Ambri to pay a fine and $180,000 in restitution to the United States Forest Service for his role in the fire dubbed as the “Molino II Fire.” Sobcynski pleaded guilty to Use of Incendiary Ammunition.

On April 30, 2023, Sobcynski was target shooting in the Molino Basin target shooting area of the Coronado National Forest. His shotgun was loaded with incendiary rounds, which ignited multiple small fires and ultimately caused a wildfire that burned within the Coronado National Forest. Fire suppression costs exceeded $200,000. 

Investigators from the United States Forest Service conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           23-mj-09176-MAA
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-001_Sobcynski

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Zach J. Stoebe
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Updated January 4, 2024

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 2024-001_Sobcynski