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Man Sentenced For ARPA Violation

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

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Kettle Falls resident Sandie McNeil pled guilty to unauthorized removal of archaeological resources from the park on Tuesday, November 2nd. Lake Roosevelt staff had repeated contacts with McNeil between 2005 and 2008 regarding his use of a metal detector in the park and behavior consistent with artifact collecting. A search warrant executed on McNeil’s residence and vehicle resulted in the recovery of over 3,000 artifacts. Among the seized items were projectile points, stone weights and tools, stone flakes, a gun flint and a gun cartridge. McNeil was sentenced by a federal judge to three years’ probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and an additional $2,000 in restitution. The judge also ordered McNeil to serve 30 days home detention and banned him from the recreation area for three years.  Beth Lariviere was the case officer and was assisted by park archeologist Ray DePuydt.  The prosecution was assisted by special agent Todd Swain.



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