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Former state senator Gordon Howie and his son, Shadrach Howie, both pleaded guilty Wednesday to a big-game hunting violation.

The Howies, both of Rapid City, appeared briefly in magistrate court to enter pleas and receive their sentences from Magistrate Judge Eric Strawn.

In each case, Strawn suspended a 90-day jail sentence and imposed a $200 fine plus $84 in court costs on the first-class misdemeanor charges. He also suspended their hunting and trapping privileges for one year.

In Shadrach Howie's case, the Pennington County State's Attorney's Office dismissed a felony charge for being a felon in possession of a firearm in exchange for his guilty plea to the game violation.

Gordon Howie, 64, was checking bobcat tracks with his 30-year-old son on Jan. 31 when they discovered a female mountain lion in a trap. The elder Howie, who had a mountain lion tag, killed the animal.

Game, Fish & Parks officials became suspicious when Howie brought the animal in for inspection.

According to Wednesday court documents, Shadrach Howie was charged as being a felon in possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 2006 after a confrontation with a South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper in 2005.

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Contact Andrea J. Cook at 394-8423 or andrea.cook@rapidcityjournal.com

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