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Ga. man pleads to relic hunting on battlefield

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A northern Georgia man has entered a federal plea deal over relic hunting on a national battlefield.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that 53-year-old Eric George Blaasch of Adairsville, Ga., entered a guilty plea on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.

The agreement allowed Blaasch to avoid incarceration, but he must perform 94 days of community service during an 18-month probation period.

He pleaded guilty to violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary C. Roemer said a ranger at the Chattanooga and Chickamauga National Battlefield saw Blaasch walking out of a woods, covered in mud. The ranger found Blaasch had three Minie balls - bullets used in muzzleloading rifles during the Civil War.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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