- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - U.S. Attorney William C. Killian says two Tennessee men have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to illegally excavating Civil War artifacts on public lands.

A statement from Killian’s office says 39-year-old Kenneth Stephen Fagin Jr. of South Pittsburgh and 61-year-old Terry Bruce Tate of Manchester were each sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. In addition Fagin was ordered to pay $22,464 in restitution and Tate was ordered to pay $21,620. They pleaded guilty in February to violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

Prosecutors say the men excavated artifacts from Fort McCook, also known as Battle Creek, which is located in South Pittsburgh, as well as on public lands in in Bridgeport, Alabama.

In addition, the prosecutor said Fagin also excavated artifacts from Shiloh National Military Park.

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