Third Idaho Man Sentenced for Defacing Hells Canyon Pictographs

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The defacing of these pictographs at Red Elk Rock Shelter near Hells Gate State Park earned two Idaho men jail time and hefty fines.
  • The defacing of these pictographs at Red Elk Rock Shelter near Hells Gate State Park earned two Idaho men jail time and hefty fines.


A Coeur d'Alene man, part of a trio charged with defacing ancient American Indian pictographs near Hells Gate State Park, was the last of the three to be sentenced on Monday.

U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge sentenced 25-year-old Jerad Bovencamp to five months in federal prison, five months in home detention and 200 hours of community service. Along with Freddie Bernal and Tyler Carlson, also of Coeur d'Alene, Bovencamp had been charged with willful injury or depredation of U.S. property for spray-painting marijuana-themed graffiti over the pictographs, estimated to be 2,500 years old.

The site at the Red Elk Rock Shelter is of cultural and spiritual significance to the Nez Perce Tribe. Repairs are being made, but according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, it's unlikely that the pictographs can be fully restored.

According to prosecutors, the trio used spray paint to deface the pictographs with the words, "ganga" and "vote to toke."

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