Ranger Chuck Lochart was on patrol last March 11th when he saw three men metal-detecting and digging up relics on the Spotsylvania Battlefield. The three were apprehended as they left the park. Over 460 holes were found and documented on and around park earthworks where the men had been seen digging, making this one of the worst ARPA violations in Northeast Region history. All three men have now appeared in court and have either pled or been found guilty and sentenced:
Last June, Vincent Williams, 37, pled guilty and was ordered to pay $1,400 in restitution.
On September 24th, Fenton Terembes, Jr., 28, was sentenced to twenty-four months in jail, followed by a year of supervised probation, and ordered to pay $28,600 in restitution following his guilty plea to a felony ARPA charge.
On November 5th, Jeremy Burroughs, 30, was sentenced to eighteen months in jail, followed by three years of supervised probation, and also ordered to pay $28,600 in restitution. This was Burroughsâ second felony ARPA violation; his previous conviction was in 1998.
All three men had to forfeit their equipment and the seized artifacts. The park was also able to recover a CSA belt buckle valued at $3,300 that had been removed from the park by Terembes earlier on the same week.