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Artifacts looting defendant to change plea in Utah

By Paul Foy
Salt Lake City, Utah (AP) October 2010

A Utah man facing allegations that he looted ancient jewelry from tribal lands in the Four Corners area is heading to federal court on a possible plea deal.

Brandon Laws was scheduled to appear last week for a change of plea before U.S. District Court Judge Ted Stewart in Salt Lake City.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorneyÂ’s office declined to specify terms of the plea before the hearing.

Laws is from Blanding. He had pleaded not guilty and was fighting charges that he offered artifacts including bone and shell necklaces and accessories to a government informant.

Laws has been trying to get the judge to toss out the federal theft and trafficking charges against him.

He has argued that the items came from private land, and the transaction legal.




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