Burial grounds artifact theft brings jail time


A Eureka man who stole artifacts from Yurok?Tribe burial grounds and published a video of his exploits on YouTube was sentenced in Humboldt County Superior Court on Friday to serve 30 days in jail, perform 60 hours of community service and pay a $530 fine. Several tribal members were present during the proceedings, according to a prosecutor in the case, and some asked the judge to impose the maximum punishment on James Edward Truhls, who initially faced up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty in September to illegally excavating and removing American Indian artifacts from a cultural site.