Man who robbed Yurok site fails to turn up for restitution hearing
A California man who pleaded guilty to illegally excavating an ancestral village of the Yurok Tribe failed to turn up for a restitution hearing.

James Edward Truhls was given a lenient sentence for his crime -- 30 days in jail, 60 hours of community service and a $530 fine. But he has apparently failed to complete his community service and has yet to pay an estimated $14,000 in restitution.

”This is an on-going issue that we've seen happen all over Humboldt and Del Norte counties,” Yurok spokesperson Matt Mais told The Eureka Times-Standard. “We're looking for the most substantial restitution the judge can award.”

Truhls was arrested after he posted a YouTube video of himself digging in Patrick's Point State Park. Authorities found a collection of artifacts he had taken from the site at his home.

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Restitution hearing pushed back for Truhls; YouTube grave robber due back in court next week (The Eureka Times-Standard 12/3)

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