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Sat Oct 20, 2012, 05:46 AM

Grave diggers get jail time - Men apologize after ancient skull dug up

DURANGO — Two Southwest Colorado residents received short jail sentences Thursday for disturbing a burial site while hiking with a seniors’ group last year in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.

The incident occurred May 7, 2011, in an area called Pedro Point, on Bureau of Land Management land northwest of Cortez near the Hovenweep National Monument.

Howard H. Drake, 76, of Silverton, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for picking up a human skull and showing it to a group of hikers.

Harry Hance, 81, of Mancos, was sentenced to three days in jail for helping organize the hikes.


The BLM isn't messing around.

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