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Third Idaho man gets prison time for defacing ancient Nez Perce pictographs

For as many as 2,500 years, red-pigmented pictographs of animals and geometric shapes at a rock shelter along the Snake River bore silent testimony to the presence of the Nez Perce tribe and its ancestors, the Associated Press reports. On Feb. 7, 2010, it took just a few minutes for three vandals armed with cans of spray paint to cause roughly $100,000 worth of damage that will require the services of a rock art conservator to remedy.

Two of the vandals, Freddie Michael Bernal, 21, and Tyler James Carlson, 23, were sentenced in March, with Bernal to spend three years behind bars and Carlson headed to prison for four months. This week, the third member of the vandalism party, 25-year-old Jarad Bovencamp, was sentenced to five months in prison, five months home detention and 200 hours of community service. All three pleaded guilty to willful injury or depredation of property of the United States, by spray painting words including “Freddie B” and the initials “TC” on the basalt at the riverside cliffs. Click below for the full report from the AP.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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