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Canadian Man Gets Nine Years for Artifact Theft

Thursday, September 26, 2013

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA—John Mark Tillman has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to nine years in prison for the theft of some 1,600 cultural artifacts from museums, galleries, and archives. “We felt it was important to distinguish this case from simply a theft of let’s say electronics, which you can replace easily and readily,” said Crown Attorney Mark Heerema. Tilllman has also agreed to forfeit his home, bank account, and the artifacts that had been seized by police.