Colorado funeral home operators sentenced for selling body parts without permission

Colorado funeral home operators sentenced for selling body parts without permits

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Two women were sentenced to two years and 15 years in prison. After pleading guilty to a scheme prosecutors called “horrific and sick.”

Colorado funeral home operators sentenced for selling body parts without permission

A Colorado funeral home operator who sold body parts or corpses. In a scheme prosecutors called “horrific” was sentenced to prison Tuesday, officials said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado funeral said in a statement.

They operated Sunset Mesa Colorado funeral Home in Montrose, a western Colorado funeral town of about 20,000. And stole and sold body parts from 2010 to 2018, prosecutors said.

Refused to donate their loved ones’ remains, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Often, this was not the case,” the statement said.

Hess and Koch pleaded guilty to one count each of mail fraud and aiding and abetting. The U.S.

Hess created the Sunset Mesa Colorado funeral Foundation in 2009. And then a donor services business, according to a plea agreement filed in his case.

According to the Colorado funeral’s agreement, donor service businesses were set up. To sell human bodies for scientific, medical or educational purposes.

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Attorneys for Hess and Koch did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday night.

Hesse’s attorneys wrote in court documents that he believed. He was helping medical research through the donation. But they acknowledged his motivations were “perverse.” Koch’s attorneys called it a “misguided” attempt. To help her daughter’s business and science.

Prosecutors said that besides to stealing corpses and body parts. They sold the remains of people with infectious diseases. But falsely certified them as disease-free.

“The behavior of the defendants was appalling and sick and driven by greed. They preyed on many victims who were at their lowest point due to the recent loss of a loved one.” U.S. Attorney Cole Finnegan said in a statement.

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