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Published November 14, 2008, 12:00 AM

Farmer convicted of illegally draining wetlands

A Lawton farmer has been convicted for the second time in four years of illegally draining wetlands. Alvin Peterson was found guilty on Tuesday of two counts of improper drainage of wetlands. A bench trial was in July in U.S. District Court in Grand Forks.

BISMARCK (AP) — A Lawton farmer has been convicted for the second time in four years of illegally draining wetlands.

Alvin Peterson was found guilty on Tuesday of two counts of improper drainage of wetlands. A bench trial was in July in U.S. District Court in Grand Forks.

A sentencing date has not been set. He faces up to a year in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Peterson was convicted in 2004 of draining four wetlands protected by an easement held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Peterson was ordered to restore the four wetlands, and pay a $4,000 fine.

Authorities said Peterson drained some of the wetlands again last year.

Peterson maintained that he was only cleaning out waterways.

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