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Jury convicts 2 for destroying historic mine

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03/10/10

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ A federal jury has convicted two people from
Bellevue for destroying an ore bin and other property at a historic
mine in central Idaho.

But the jury also acquitted 37-year-old Russell Nuxoll, and
51-year-old Janet Sylten of stealing government property after a
two-day trial.

Nuxoll and Sylten were indicted last fall and accused of looting
the Snoose Mine, located two miles west of Hailey and listed as an
official archaeological site in 2002. They were accused of
destroying the mine's headframe and ore bin, both constructed
before World War II.

During the trial, defense attorneys argued Nuxoll and Sylten
held a valid mining claim at the site, and were cleaning up a mess
someone else caused

Sentencing is scheduled for June 1. They face a maximum sentence
of 10 years in prison.


(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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