Native American Remains to be Reburied Following Illegal Excavation

The remains of Native Americans dug up in southern Ohio and sold by three men will be buried again now that those involved have been sentenced. 

The U.S. Justice Department says the remains will be handed over to tribes that helped with the investigation and then buried at an undisclosed location. 

Investigators say Brian Skeens and Toby Lee Thacker, both of Wellston, dug up the bones and took hundreds of artifacts from a rock shelter on a farm in Jackson County 5-years ago. 

Skeens was sentenced to 90 days in jail while Thacker was sentenced to 30 days behind bars. Mark Beatty who bought the remains was sentenced to 3-years probation.

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