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Kentucky man sentenced in Native American artifacts theft

June 10, 2018

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for removing and selling artifacts from Native American graves.

Federal prosecutors say in a news release 60-year-old Gary Womack of Woodburn was sentenced last week in Bowling Green federal court for his guilty plea to three felony violations of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

The statement says the FBI assisted the National Park Service during a three-year undercover investigation.

Prosecutors say Womack dealt in artifacts removed from Native American graves in southcentral Kentucky and other locations.

The statement says Womack bought artifacts recovered from an Indian burial mound in Indiana and sold them to an undercover federal agent.

Prosecutors say the artifacts have been recovered and will be repatriated.

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