Man who stole artifacts from burial cave sentenced to prison 6-5-07

HONOLULU (AP) - One of two men convicted of stealing Hawaiian artifacts from a Big Island burial cave was sentenced Monday in federal court to 11 months in prison.

Daniel Taylor, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in 2006, could receive up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for violating the Native American Protection and Repatriation Act.

Taylor's co-defendant, John Carta, was sentenced in January to one year in prison, but he died the following month, before he could begin serving his sentence.

Taylor and Carta stole about 157 artifacts from Kanupa Cave in Kohala in 2004, federal officials said.

Taylor sold a piece of burial kapa or cloth to a tourist for $150 and a fisherman's bowl and cover to a collector for $2,083, they said.

Last month, Taylor was indicted by a state grand jury on one count of felony theft.