3 more people sentenced for looting Mississippi Indian mound

October 24, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Three more Mississippi residents have been sentenced for looting an Indian mound.

They are among eight people convicted of removing artifacts in 2014 from the Doskie Indian Mound on federal property along the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in northeastern Mississippi.

Two Burnsville women pleaded guilty to one felony count of violating an archaeological resource. Jackie Dale Arnold, who’s 59, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $24,000 in restitution. Melinda Jean Arnold, who’s 42, was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay nearly $29,000 in restitution.

Robert Alan Aguirre, a 29-year-old Corinth resident, pleaded guilty to two counts of violating archaeological resources. He was sentenced to two years of probation and $3,000 in restitution.

Three people were sentenced earlier. Two others await sentencing.

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