Blanding resident avoids prison in artifacts-trafficking case
By erin alberty
The Salt Lake Tribune
Updated 5 hours ago
Another defendant in a federal artifacts-trafficking case has avoided prison time.
Dale Lyman, 76, of Blanding, was sentenced to 60 months probation for trafficking in stolen artifacts, a felony worth up to two years in prison. He is the fourth defendant to be sentenced of 26 people charged in an alleged artifacts-trafficking ring. Seven have pleaded guilty.
So far, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups has sentenced none of the trafficking defendants to prison time. Blanding residents Jeanne Redd and daughter Jericca received 36 months and 24 months probation, respectively, and both were fined after pleading guilty to multiple felonies.
Blanding resident Charles Denton Armstrong was sentenced to prison for threatening undercover operative Ted Gardiner. Gardiner, a former business executive and antiquities dealer wore recording devices to capture evidence and conversations during the 2½-year investigation. Gardiner shot himself to death March 1 in his Salt Lake County home.
Two defendants in the case also committed suicide: Blanding physician James Redd and New Mexico resident Steven Shrader.
Four of the defendants are scheduled to be sentenced this month: Brent Bullock and Tammy Shumway, of Moab, and Nick Laws and Aubry Patterson, of Blanding.