Probation for Redds in antiquities case

Blanding residents Jeanne and Jericca Redd were sentenced to probation on September 16 for their part in illegal trafficking of ancient American Indian artifacts.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups sentenced Jeanne Redd to 36 months probation and a $2,000 fine, while Jericca Redd received 24 months probation and a $300 fine.

It is the first sentencing of the dozens of area residents who were involved in a June 10 raid by federal agents related to antiquities. Prosecutors recommended prison time for Jeanne Redd, but the judge varied from the guidelines and recommendations.

Dr. James Redd, husband and father of the Redd’s, also was indicted. Dr. Redd ended his own life soon after the arraignment. Jericca Redd was not a focus of the original raid, but was charged with felony counts in late June.

The Redds pled guilty to ten felony counts, cooperated with the ongoing investigation, and turned over their entire collection of more than 800 Native American artifacts to federal authorities as part of a plea deal.

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