News January 6, 2021

Treasure Hunter Faces Prison or Fines

by Jackson Hole Radio News

A Utah man has pleaded guilty to charges of excavating or trafficking in archeological resources, and injury or depredation to United States property in Yellowstone National Park. 52- year-old Rodrick Craythorn of Syracuse, Utah entered his pleas in U.S. District Court on January 4th. He was indicted by a federal grand jury last September 16th, alleging that Craythorn was found digging in the Fort Yellowstone Cemetery between October 1st and May 24th while looking for the treasure buried by Forrest Fenn. By pleading guilty Craythorn admits he is, in fact, guilty of the crimes as charged. Excavating or trafficking in archeological resources carries a potential penalty of up to two years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000, and one year of supervised release, while injury or depredation to United States Property carries a penalty of not more than ten years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl scheduled Craythorn’s sentencing on March 17th in Casper, Wyoming at the Ewing T. Kerr Federal Court House.