Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Do the Crime, Serve the Time

It is particularly disgusting to me as a woman to read about a woman who rapes archaeological antiquities.  Unfortunately, this one will not rot in prison, which is what she - and all those who rape antiquities - deserve.

Idaho State Journal
Woman sentenced for unauthorized excavation of archaeological resources
Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 4:35 pm

Roxanne Hale, 60, of Arco, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to three years federal probation for Unauthorized Excavation of Archaeological Resources, the United States Attorney’s Office announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Hale to pay $9,265 in restitution. Hale is prohibited from being present at any archaeological sites on public lands and must have permission to be present at archaeological sites on private lands. Hale’s artifacts and sifting and digging tools seized during the search warrant were forfeited. Hale pled guilty to the charges in March 2010.

On September 12, 2008, in the Salmon-Challis National Forest, in Butte County, Idaho, Hale was found digging, without a permit, at the Wood Canyon #1 site. The Wood Canyon #1 site is a designated archaeological resource consisting of material remains of prehistoric human life and activity.

In sentencing the defendant, Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill noted that everyone in the area knows that these sites should not be disturbed because of the great cultural value they have to the entire nation.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Forest Service.

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