Current charges related to the vandalism of Hidden Cave include the Depredation of Government Property. The charge carries a fine and a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Crimes associated with the Archaeological Resources Protection Act were also violated, according to the release. Penalties are a $2,000 fine and prison sentence of up to two years for first time offenders, and a fine of $100,000, and five years in prison for second-time offenders.
Hidden Cave is an archaeological site where thousands of artifacts have been discovered and have provided important information about the inhabitants. Prehistoric human use of the cave ranges from about 800 to 5,000 years ago.
Story: Steve Puterski, Nevada Appeal | Photo: Bureau of Land Management, LVN