Guilty plea in arrowhead thefts

Guilty plea in arrowhead thefts

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A man charged with stealing arrowheads and other archeological treasures pleaded guilty to 45 counts of criminal trespass, interference with archaeological sites and theft in an Albany court.

Eddie Lee Ballard entered the plea Friday morning.

A judge sentenced him to three years in jail including time already served, as well as $20,000 in fines.

Ballard has been in jail since his arrest.

Prosecutors used YouTube video of him digging up the fossils as evidence in the case.

Ballard was originally charged with 58 counts of digging up artifacts on both public and private property and selling them.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources spent more than a year investigating Ballard.

DNR officials said He had been digging up artifacts like arrowheads in and along the Flint River since 2011, and he was selling them without proper reporting to the state.

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