Man, wife given probation for looting artifacts

Aug 11 2011 - 5:13pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge has sentenced a Colorado antiquities dealer and his wife to probation as part of an investigation into the looting of American Indian artifacts.

Seventy-six-year-old Carl L. Crites has been ordered to serve three years of probation, with credit for two years already served.

Crites apologized Thursday for the harm he caused during a hearing in federal court in Salt Lake City.

He pleaded guilty in March to three felony counts of trafficking, theft and depredation of government property. Crites acknowledges trying to buy a pair of basket-maker sandals from an undercover agent knowing they had been illegally taken from Utah, but says 99 percent of his 5,000-piece collection was lawfully obtained.

U.S. District Court Judge Dee Benson ordered Mary V. Crites to serve 30 days unsupervised probation.


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