Tomb raider Jack Harelson guilty in new antiquities scheme

28 Dec 2012 11:12 AM | Anonymous

Tomb raider Jack Harelson guilty in new antiquities scheme

Bryan Denson, The OregonianBy Bryan Denson, The Oregonian 
on October 13, 2006 at 6:36 PM, updated December 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

A federal judge in Eugene has found a notorious antiquities thief from Grants Pass guilty of attempting to sell Native American artifacts stolen from public lands.

Jack Lee Harelson acknowledged before Judge Ann L. Aiken on Tuesday (Oct. 13, 2006) that the government would be able to prove that he hired another man -- who turned out to be a government informant -- to assist him in offering to sell archaeological resources dug up illegally on federal lands in Oregon and Nevada between 2002 and 2003, according to court records.

Harelson, serving a 10-year prison sentence on a failed murder-for-hire scheme, had gone so far as to set up an Internet site called Jack's Outback.

"He faces up to two years in prison for the most recent archaeological conviction," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Cardani in Eugene. "He will be sentenced on Dec. 19."

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