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Second defendant sentenced in theft of Alaska mammoth tusk

May 30, 2019

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A second man has been sentenced in the theft of a fossilized woolly mammoth tusk from an Anchorage museum.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Gary Boyd of Wasilla was sentenced Wednesday to 33 months in prison.

It’s the same sentence U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason handed out in April to co-conspirator Martin Elze (EL-zee).

Both were convicted of removal of a paleontological resource.

Boyd and Elze on March 18, 2018, broke into a Bureau of Land Management museum, stole the tusk, cut it into pieces and sold them.

After prison, Boyd will be on supervised release for three years and banned from national parks, national forests or BLM land without permission from his probation officer.

Gleason also ordered Boyd to pay $8,385.82 in restitution to the Campbell Creek Science Center.

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