Man sentenced in Colorado in stolen artifacts case
STERLING, Colorado ” A man accused of illegally transporting Native American artifacts stolen from historic sites in Arizona and Nebraska to Colorado has been sentenced to 29 months in federal prison.
Gary Garihan, 45, was also sentenced to 29 months in prison Tuesday for possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana. The sentences will be served concurrently.
A federal grand jury indicted Garihan and his brother, Maxwell Garihan, 51, in 2007. The indictment alleged they illegally transported about $120,000 in artifacts from the Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Harrison, Neb., and about $80,000 worth of artifacts from Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Ariz., to Colorado.
Both sites reported missing items after break-ins.
An affidavit said one of the brothers sold the rugs to a Denver dealer who did not realize the items were stolen and attempted to sell more to a Wheat Ridge dealer. The National Park Service said all the artifacts were recovered undamaged.
Information from: (Sterling) Journal-Advocate
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