Utah Man Sentenced for excavating, damaging archeological resources at YNP
By angelamontana

Posted: March 31, 2021
A social media post from Yellowstone National Park revealed the following:
News Release from the U.S. Department of Justice District of Wyoming: Acting United States Attorney Bob Murray announced today that Rodrick Dow Craythorn, 52, of Syracuse, Utah, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl for excavating and damaging archeological resources in the cemetery of the Fort Yellowstone National Historic Landmark in Yellowstone National Park. Craythorn received a sentence of six months of imprisonment plus six months of home detention, to be followed by two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $31,566 in restitution.
Craythorn was found digging in Fort Yellowstone’s cemetery in late 2019 and early 2020, while looking for a treasure believed to be worth millions. Rangers and special agents of the National Park Service discovered 17 sites of illegal excavation, including damage to a historic grave. The cemetery is a multicomponent archeological site with historical human burials, is included in the National Register of Historic Places, and was designated as a National Historic Landmark on July 31, 2003.
To read the full release, visit: go.nps.gov/210331
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