Man sentenced in artifacts case

Pierre, South Dakota (AP) July 2010

A Wessington Springs man will be on probation for two years and forfeit 5,166 fossil items and pieces of archaeological resources dug up along the Missouri River.

Elliot D. Hook was sentenced in federal court for his guilty plea to trafficking in archaeological resources.

Prosecutors said the forfeited items include pottery, stone tools, knives, pendants and beads, as well as relics from military forts, trading posts or settlements.

Hook was among five men charged in 2008 with illegal taking and trading of artifacts found on Indian land or public land.




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