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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Plummer Man Sentenced For Killing Eagles

COEUR D'ALENE - Adrian Q. Brown-Sonder, 24, of Plummer, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation and 300 hours of community service for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Visiting U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter, Jr. also ordered Brown-Sonder to pay $4,000 in restitution and to forfeit all hunting permits, tags, stamps and licenses during the term of probation.  Brown-Sonder pleaded guilty to the charge on September 15, 2015.

According to the plea agreement, a confidential informant contacted Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police, who in turn contacted the FBI and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and stated that Brown-Sonder killed eagles and other migratory birds.  Several witnesses were interviewed and explained that Brown-Sonder admitted to them that he had killed hawks and eagles.  A search warrant at the defendant’s residence resulted in the discovery of a large number of eagle and hawk feathers, as well as a wide array of bird skulls and feet.  Two bald eagles, two golden eagles, two rough-legged hawks, two red-tailed hawks, and two unspecified dark-morph hawks were identified by a morphology examination.  Brown-Sonder is prohibited from hunting and having possession of dangerous weapons during the term of his probation.

The case was investigated by Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFW).


Updated September 16, 2015