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Second man pleads guilty in Missouri River artifacts case

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Written by ASSOCIATED PRESS   
Monday, 11 May 2009 10:47

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A second man has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of trafficking American Indian artifacts taken illegally from the banks of the Missouri River in South Dakota.

Richard Geffre of Pierre also agreed to forfeit his interest in 7,930 items, including stone projectile points, knives, scrapers, drills, axes, hammers, pipes, pendants, necklaces, whistles, pottery, copper arm bands and bison skulls.

The maximum penalty is two years in prison, a fine and restitution.

 

Elliot Hook of Wessington Springs earlier pleaded guilty.

 

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Brian Ekrem of Selby on May 15 and for John Sheild of Madison, Wis., on July 28.

Scott Matteson of Fort Pierre also faces drug and gun charges and is to stand trial Aug. 18.

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AP-WS-05-08-09 0600EDT 


 
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