Amnesty Ending For Shuttle Debris Looters

Published: Feb. 8, 2003 at 9:04 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 10, 2003 at 5:24 PM CST
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(Nacogdoches, Texas-AP) -- A three-day amnesty period to turn over looted shuttle debris has brought in hundreds of pieces of the shattered Columbia. But officials say that people are still illegally hoarding the debris and at least nine could soon face charges in Texas.

Federal authorities offered the amnesty period Wednesday after arresting two people accused of taking a circuit board and a piece of thermal insulating fabric. Both have pleaded innocent. They could face up to ten years in prison.