2 people convicted of Protection Act violations in ONSR

Campsite at Rymers Campground.

An investigation that began in 2017 has concluded with the conviction and sentencing of two people who conducted an illegal excavation within Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

Shane Munroe, 41, has been ordered to serve one year in federal prison followed by three years supervised probation. 

Christy Bruton, 45, has been sentenced to three years supervised probation. Both must also pay $2,000 each in restitution.

U.S. Park Rangers contacted Munroe and Bruton on April 2, 2017, at a primitive campsite at Rymers Campground in the park. They were suspected of excavating, damaging, and altering an archeological site in the area. 

These activities are in violation of 16 USC § 470ee-II, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA).

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