Southern Ohio Man Admits to Buying Native American Remains

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JACKSON, Ohio (AP) – A southern Ohio man admitted to purchasing the remains of eight Native Americans reportedly stolen from a Jackson County farm.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 56-year-old Mark Beatty pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking Native American remains Wednesday.

Beatty is one of the few cases criminally prosecuted as part of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier said Beatty bought the remains of two adults and six children from three men who had dug them up. Some of the remains were believed to be prehistoric.

Beatty’s plea deal includes a binding sentence of three years’ probation, a $3,500 fine and $1,000 in restitution. He must also publish a newspaper advertisement admitting his criminal acts and warning others not to do the same.