Kane Cemetery Vandalism Prosecution
August 11, 2010
On Wednesday August 4, 2010, three local individuals, who were juveniles at the time of the crime, pled guilty in federal court to vandalizing the Kane Cemetery between October 31 and November 4, 2009. The juveniles admitted to 'just horsing around' by spray painting, pushing over and breaking headstones within the cemetery. Federal Magistrate Judge Teresa McKee fined each $750, ordered to pay $2517.54 in restitution for cemetery damages, gave each 40 hours of community service, and placed each on 6 months of unsupervised probation that includes a 9 pm curfew provision. Kane Cemetery is located in Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area near Lovell, WY. It served the communities of Kane and Iona, WY between the early 1900's and 1965 before the land became part of the National Recreation Area.
The investigation of this crime was a great example of interagency effort and cooperation that involved National Park Service Rangers, NPS Investigative Services Branch Special Agents, Bighorn County WY Sheriff's Department, Lovell WY Police Department and the Powell WY Police Department Investigation Unit.