Man pleads guilty in artifacts trafficking case

Moab, Utah (AP) October 2011

A southeastern Utah school teacher has pleaded guilty to charges that he illegally sold a Native American turkey feather blanket and a prehistoric women’s apron.

Blanding resident David A. Lacy entered the plea in U.S. District Court as he faced three misdemeanor counts of trafficking stolen artifacts. Prosecutors say Lacy sold the artifacts to an undercover informant in December 2007.

Lacy is set for sentencing in December.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba also sentenced two other people in the ongoing trafficking case.

The 58-year-old Kevin Shumway of Blanding was ordered to 12 months of probation for his role in helping Lacy sell the artifacts.

The 50-year-old Rulon Kody Sommerville of Monticello was ordered to 12 months of probation for selling a Native American knife to an undercover agent.