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Colorado Man, Wife Get Probation in Utah Looting Case

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (AP).- A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Colorado antiquities dealer and his wife to probation as part of an investigation into the looting of American Indian artifacts. U.S. District Judge Dee Benson ordered Carl L. Crites, 76, to serve three years’ probation, with credit for two years already served. During a hearing in Salt Lake City’s federal court, Crites, of Durango, Colo., apologized for the harm he caused. He pleaded guilty in March to three felony counts of trafficking, theft and depredation of government property. Crites acknowledged trying to buy a pair of basket-maker sandals from an undercover agent knowing they had been illegally taken from Utah, but he said he lawfully obtained 99 percent of his 5,000-piece collection. He also acknowledged helping the informant dig up human remains, pottery shards and a knife on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land in southern Utah. “I know I ma