Body part scheme ringleader pleads guilty

March 18, 2008 8:41:49 AM PDT
The mastermind behind a scheme to plunder corpses from funeral homes in the Northeast and sell them for millions of dollars has pleaded guilty. Michael Mastromarino made his plea in Brooklyn federal court in a deal that will send him to prison for 18 to 54 years.

The plea comes more than two years after the gruesome scandal broke. Mastromarino was accused of hacking up corpses from funeral homes in the Northeast and selling them to processors. The parts were used in disk replacements, knee operations and dental implants, among other procedures.

The looted bodies included that of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke.

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