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Anchorage Daily News

Taking skull brings man prison term

The Associated Press

(Published: September 27, 2001)

Juneau -- A self-described amateur archaeologist who pleaded guilty to disturbing a 1,400-year-old Alaska Native gravesite was sentenced to three months in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday.

It was the first such conviction in Alaska under the Archaeological Resource Protection Act of 1979, a prosecutor said.

Ian Martin Lynch, 27, entered the guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge after an earlier felony conviction was overturned by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lynch must also pay $7,536 in restitution and serve one year of supervised release under the sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge James M. Fitzgerald.

Lynch took the skull from a gravesite on Hecata Island near Prince of Whales Island while on a hunting trip in August 1997. Prosecutors said he kept it behind his couch until an anonymous tip led investigators to it.