Ohio man pleads guilty to vandalizing mound at ancient site

PEEBLES, Ohio (AP) – A man has been formally sentenced for vandalizing an ancient burial mound with his car at the site of the ancient Serpent Mound in southern Ohio.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 20-year-old Daniel Dargavell of Peebles pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor charges that include operating a vehicle while intoxicated, desecration and criminal damaging in Adams County Court. The paper reports that Dargavell has paid $3,800 in restitution and has begun performing community service required in a plea deal.

Dargavell damaged a burial mound near the Serpent Mound in July. The Adena Culture Serpent Mound is thought to be more than 2,000 years old. The mounds are in a park designated as a National Historic Landmark 70 miles east of Cincinnati.

A message was left with Dargavell’s attorney Saturday.

Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer

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