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American Indian artifacts theft suspect released from jail

Published June 30, 2009 8:51 pm

Probation » She cannot set foot on tribal or federal land.
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A defendant in a federal illegal-artifacts-trafficking case was released from jail late Tuesday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba put Tammy Shumway, 39, on unsupervised probation for three years. During that time, she cannot travel out of western Arkansas without approval. She also cannot set foot on federal or tribal land except on public highways by court permission.

During a Tuesday hearing in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Shumway appeared to wipe away tears as Alba explained the conditions of her release, which include a requirement that she take care of any American Indian artifacts she possesses.

Shumway was indicted June 10 along with 23 others as part of a 2 ½-year federal investigation of excavating, buying and selling of ancient pottery, seed jars, pendants and other items found in burial and other sites on public and tribal land in southeastern Utah.

Most of the defendants resided in San Juan County, including physician James Redd, 60, who killed himself June 11. A week later, another defendant, Steven Shrader, 56, of Santa Fe, N.M., killed himself in Illinois.

Shumway faces four felonies in the federal case. When she was indicted, she was in the Grand County jail in Moab on drug charges related to methamphetamine possession. Her federal-detention hearing was delayed until she completed her jail time. She was moved to Weber County jail for her hearing.

Though she resides in Arkansas, Shumway has traveled back and forth to Utah while going through the state-court drug case. Alba allowed her to return to Arkansas pending an Aug. 18 hearing in Salt Lake City.