Eagle man convicted of obstruction of justice in Florida marine life case

csewell@idahostatesman.comJuly 25, 2013 

Peter C. Covino, IV, 20, of Eagle, was convicted Thursday in Florida for obstruction of justice.

The conviction stems from a case involving his uncle, Ammon Covino, who faces federal charges for purchasing and transporting wildlife from the Florida Keys to Idaho for exhibit at the Idaho Aquarium in Boise.

Ammon Covino, 39, of Meridian, and Chris Conk, 40, of Middleton, were arrested on Feb. 21 and charged in Boise federal court with illegally purchasing Florida marine life “for captive display” at the aquarium.

The next day, federal agents listened to two recorded telephone calls that took place the night of Feb. 21. The calls were placed to a Florida marine life business from which Covino and Conk are accused of illegally purchasing marine life and shipping it to Idaho. The caller asked the Florida businessman to cancel a marine life shipment to Boise, refund the credit card and to erase all emails, text messages and other evidence associated with Ammon Covino.

Federal agents identified the caller as Peter Covino IV, the son of Ammon Covino's brother, Peter C. Covino III.

Peter Covino faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to three years. His sentencing is set for Sept. 24 in the Key West Courthouse.

Ammon Covino and Chris Conk’s trial is set for Sept. 19 in Key West.

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