Utah teacher gets probation in artifacts looting case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A federal judge has ordered a southeastern Utah school teacher to serve one year of probation for illegally selling a Native American turkey feather blanket and a prehistoric women’s apron.

In a deal with federal prosecutors, Blanding resident David A. Lacy pleaded guilty in September to three misdemeanor counts of trafficking stolen artifacts.

Lacy sold the artifacts to an undercover informant in 2007.

His sentencing was held Friday in a Moab courtroom before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba.

Lacy was among 26 people charged with illegally excavating, collecting and dealing artifacts including pottery, stone pipes and jewelry.

Two of the 26 defendants committed suicide after their arrests. Each of the others prosecuted has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

None has been sentenced to prison.

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