Idaho pair sentenced for destroying historic mine

BOISE, Idaho


Two Bellevue residents convicted of
destroying part of a historic central Idaho mine have been
sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for the crime.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge also ordered 37-year-old
Russell Nuxoll and 51-year-old Janet Sylten to each pay more than
$61,000 in restitution and spend three years on probation after
they complete their prison terms

Prosecutors accused the pair of looting the Snoose Mine, located
two miles west of Hailey and listed as an official archaeological
site, to sell the pre-World War II timbers of the head frame and
ore bin to a timber recycling business. A jury acquitted the two of
a charge of stealing government property, but convicted them of
destruction of government property.

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