Carving Your Name Into 1000-Plus-Year-Old Petroglyphs Could Earn You 60 Months Probation...At Least

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A North Carolina man was sentenced to 60 months' probation for scratching his name into petroglyphs along the Colorado River that are more than 1,000 years old.

In addition to the probation, Trenton Austin Ganey must pay $10,000 restitution and complete 100 hours community service after admitting to carving "Trent" into the ancient artwork.

"This defendant thoughtlessly defaced a work of art that is over 1,000 years old and holds immense cultural significance," U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke says. "This prosecution should serve as a lesson to others who would damage, destroy, or disturb Arizona's precious cultural resources. This office will diligently investigate and fully prosecute these crimes for the benefit of generations to come and for the Native people of Arizona who trace their ancestry back to those who created these cultural treasures."

Ganey was on a fishing trip on the river just below the Glen Canyon Dam in December of last year when he used a rock to carve his name into a petroglyph known as "Descending Sheep Panel."

Park rangers noticed the damage shortly after Ganey's group left the area.

Ganey, apparently, had no idea how old the petroglyph is. When confronted by the rangers about the damage, he admitted to doing it and "expressed remorse" when told the artwork is more than 1,000 years old, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ganey even agreed to an interview with the Arizona Daily Star, in which he tried to deter others from damaging petroglyphs.

Ganey's published mea culpa probably earned him points with his sentencing judge -- Judge Neil Wake noted his "sincere remorse" before sentencing him to no jail time for the Class E felony.

Lesson: don't damage ancient artwork -- but if you do, act really, really sorry about it. 
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lara
lara

Trenton Austin Ganey should have received jail time. unless someone is a stupid as a stump, they would know this is not something that should be defaced.

DB COOPER
DB COOPER

60 MONTHS IN JAIL WOULD BE BETTER.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Yes, it's important to prosecute this kind of criminal activity, but I have to wonder if Mr. Burke is making the MCSO case as important?

globalparadox
globalparadox

Also "and complete 100 ____ community service"

Welby
Welby

I believe a word got dropped from the prosecuting attorney's quote: "This prosecution should serve as a lesson to others who would _____ precious cultural resources."

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I agree with you three gents, to the extent I've been on a crew in the McDowells hiding known petroglyphs. I guess Mr. Burke just took advantage of this occasion to get his name out. NOW, if the perp walks the Flaccid Fool, he will get to be really well known...

GENO
GENO

T.C.The ancient artwork is priceless, while the MSCO is not. I for one, actually agree with Mr. Burke on this one. I think preserving Arizona's historical heritage is just as "important".

Haditwithidiots
Haditwithidiots

Will the MCSO case be around in 1,000 years? I'd have beaten the living loving shit out of this asshole if I caught him doing it.

James King
James King

Not sure how that happened. My apologies. Thanks for pointing it out. It's been fixed.

JK

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

As dumb as the electorate is in this county, Rpiehole will probably still be sheriff 1000 yrs from now.

DB COOPER
DB COOPER

does proof reader ring a bell?

DB COOPER
DB COOPER

it happened because your a hack writer james king. i been telling you this for over 6 months now james. you need to quit living in denial of your problem. get some help.

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