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A Utah man admitted Monday to digging in a Yellowstone cemetery during a search for buried treasure.

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Roderick Craythorn, 52, pleaded guilty to excavating or trafficking archaeological resources and injury or depredation of federal land, prosecutors said. He was found digging in historic Fort Yellowstone Cemetery between October 2019 and May 2020 while he was searching for the treasure left by Forrest Fenn.

He had initially pleaded not guilty and was supposed to go to trial last month, the Billings Gazette reported. He will be sentenced in March. Craythorn faces up to 12 years in prison and up to $270,000 in fines.

“The hunt for the Forrest Fenn treasure was often viewed as a harmless diversion, but in this case it led to substantial damage to important public resources,” U.S. Attorney Mark Klaassen said in a statement. “The Defendant let his quest for discovery override respect for the law.”

Fenn was a retired art dealer who more than a decade ago hid a treasure chest filled with gold and other valuables estimated to be worth $2 million. He died in September.

Jack Stuef, a 32-year-old medical student, found the treasure in June 2020 in an undisclosed part of Wyoming, ending the yearslong search that left many treasure hunters injured and killed five.