Two Elko residents were sentenced to jail on Friday for vandalizing a Native American sacred site in Lincoln County with graffiti.
Jonathan Pavon, 28, and Daniel Plata, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiring to paint graffiti at White River Narrows in several locations, including an image about 20ft long on a rock face containing petroglyphs , according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office. of Nevada.
From September 14, 2019 to October 8, 2019, Pavon conspired with Plata to spray their nicknames at the sacred site of the Paiute and Shoshone tribes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. White River Narrows is known for its prehistoric petroglyphs.
Pavon pleaded guilty in June to misdemeanor conspiracy and a criminal violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. He was sentenced to six months for the misdemeanor and a year and a day for the felony. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Plata pleaded guilty in July to the offense of degrading archaeological resources and was sentenced to four months in prison followed by eight months of house arrest.
To report crimes on public lands to the Bureau of Land Management, call 833-660-5771 or email [email protected]