Man in Four Corners artifacts case denied release

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Salt Lake City (AP) - A Utah man accused of retaliating against an informant in an investigation of theft of American Indian artifacts has been ordered to remain in custody.

The Deseret News says 44-year-old Charles Denton Armstrong, of Blanding, was ordered to remain jailed because of his criminal history, mental-health issues and history of use and misuse of medication.

Armstrong faces charges of retaliating against an agent for threatening to tie the informant to a tree and beat him with a baseball bat. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say he has a violent history and has identified himself as a member of a white supremacist gang.

His attorney says his client hasn't been in prison for seven years and that there's no indication he's in contact with gang members.

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