Montana man sentenced for defacing prehistoric Native American rock art in the Black Hills

RAPID CITY, S.D. – 56-year-old Balgaroslav “Bobby” Latinow was sentenced on Monday to one year of probation and ordered to pay $7,156 in restitution after damaging a Native American rock art panel in the Black Hills in March 2019.

Court documents say that Latinow carved “Bobby + Diana Latinow” and “2/12/19” into a rock art site in Red Canyon near Edgemont. The incision marks were approximately “1 inch deep, 20 inches wide, and 10 inches tall.”

The markings were discovered over two months later by a Forest Service Archaeologist on May 30, 2019.

Latinow was indicted for Destruction of Government Property and Unauthorized Damage and Defacement of Archaeological Resource by a federal grand jury in June of 2021. He pleaded guilty on October 7, 2022.

The rock art site, formally designated Site 39FA0677, is on the National Register of Historic Places.