Ex-Crematory Worker Pleads

Guilty to Dumping Corpses

LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- A former crematory operator pleaded guilty to dumping more than 330 corpses on his property and giving the relatives of the dead cement dust instead of ashes.

Under a deal with prosecutors, Ray Brent Marsh could get a maximum of 12 years in prison.

Authorities set aside half the courtroom for the victims' relatives, who were horrified to find out two years ago that Marsh let 334 bodies pile up on his property. They were behind his house, in the woods, in buildings and crammed into burial vaults.

Marsh, 31, apologized to the families as he pleaded guilty to 787 counts, including theft, abuse of a corpse, burial service fraud and making false statements.

A sentencing hearing was set for Jan. 31. Relatives have reached an $80 million settlement with Marsh.

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-- From News Services