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2 Utahns plead guilty in sweeping artifacts case

2 Utahns plead guilty in sweeping artifacts case

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American Indian Artifacts Case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two southern Utah residents have pleaded guilty to stealing government property and illegally trafficking in American Indian artifacts.

Brent Bullock, 61, and Tammy Shumway, 40, entered the pleas Monday in U.S. District Court.

Bullock and Shumway were among 26 people indicted after a long-running federal sting targeting those who illegally dig up, sell and collect Indian artifacts in the Four Corners area.

Court documents say Bullock sold several ancient Indian items to an undercover operative in 2007, including a blanket fragment. Investigators say Shumway aided and abetted those deals and signed a falsified paper as a witness.

Each faces a maximum of 12 years in prison.

Sentencing is set for July.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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