BOISE -- A 25-year-old Lewiston man is headed to federal prison after he defaced ancient Native American pictographs south of Hell's Gate State Park.
Jerad Bovencamp was one of three men who hiked to the Red Elk Rock Shelter site, then used spray paint to deface rock drawings made by ancestors of the Nez Perce tribe depicting animal figures and geometric shapes.
Bovencamp was sentenced Monday to five months in prison, five months home detention and 200 hours of community service.
U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson has said the vandalism caused $100,000 worth of damage and restoration will require the expertise of a rock art conservator.
Even then, she said, these pristine examples of early art will never be the same.
Previously, 21-year-old Michael Bernal and 23-year-old Tyler Carlson were sentenced in March.