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W KY man sentenced for federal archaeological violations
Offenses occurred in Mammoth Cave National Park and other locations. Tribal leader Ben Barnes, Second Chief of the Shawnee Tribe, of Miami, OK, disturbed, writes letter of concern for the desecration of hallowed remains of ancestors of Native Americans. Sentence meted for three felony violations is 15 months imprisonment. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ream. The investigation was conducted by the National Park Service Law Enforcement Division and the Bowling Green Resident Agency of the FBI.
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U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, KY - (Wed 6 June 2018) - U.S. District Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced Gary Womack, Age 60, from Woodburn, Simpson County, Kentucky, to 15 months imprisonment for 3 felony violations of the federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). Womack had previously pleaded guilty to the violations on March 8, 2018.
The case resulted from a three-year undercover investigation by the National Park Service, based upon allegations that Womack possessed human remains which originated from Mammoth Cave National Park. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assisted Park Service agents throughout.
The undercover investigation revealed Womack's dealings in artifacts removed from the graves of Native Americans buried in caves and rock shelters in South Central Kentucky and also burials from as far away as the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Womack dealt in artifacts from the so-called "G.E. Mound" case prosecuted in the Southern District of Indiana in 1992. Artifacts recovered from that case were supposed to have been returned and re-buried at a site in Posey County, Indiana; however, Womack purchased artifacts from the previous prosecution in 2015 in Boonville, Indiana for approximately $2,500, and transported them to Kentucky, where a portion of them were sold to the undercover federal agent. Womack also pled guilty to two additional counts charging him with trafficking in archaeological resources (Native American artifacts) from the Western United States. All artifacts in the case have been recovered and will be repatriated according to law.
In sentencing, Judge Stivers told Womack that he was disturbed that the defendant had chosen to dig the graves of the ancestors of Native Americans for profit and had done so while being fully aware of the laws he had chosen to violate.
A letter from Ben Barnes, Second Chief of the Shawnee Tribe, of Miami, Oklahoma, was made a part of the record and read at the sentencing hearing. The letter states, in part: "The remains that are within the soils of our original homelands contains the hallowed remains of human beings, our ancestors. We would urge the court to send a message to all those what would desecrate a grave, that ARPA violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ream. The investigation was conducted by the National Park Service Law Enforcement Division and the Bowling Green Resident Agency of the FBI.
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