Teen Sentenced In Nevada Rock Art Vandal Case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 17-year-old Las Vegas boy was sentenced to nine months of supervised release and ordered to pay a nearly $24,000 fine for spray-painting graffiti over prehistoric etchings at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that the youth must report to a probation officer during his sentence. The teenager was not identified.

He was charged with unlawful defacement of archaeological resources and willfully injuring federal property for defacing the etchings at the scenic federal preserve about 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip in November.

The graffiti featured the words “Red Rock 2010″ sprawled in maroon paint across a prehistoric pictograph scraped and ground into the rocks a 1,000 years ago.

Bureau of Land Management officials say they painstakingly restored the native art.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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