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  • Archives Thief Gets Two Years (No, not Sandy Berger)

    05/27/2005 3:40:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 600+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2005 | Carol D. Leonnig
    A Virginia man was sentenced yesterday to two years in prison for stealing more than 100 Civil War-era documents from the National Archives, including some he tried to sell on eBay. Howard Harner, 68, took letters authored by Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and other historical figures. Federal prosecutors sought a lengthy sentence to help discourage trafficking in stolen American history. Harner, of Staunton, pleaded guilty in March to hiding the documents in his clothing and smuggling them out of a National Archives research room from 1996 to 2002. Prosecutors said he made $47,314 by selling the documents to a...