Former Calif. mortician gets life sentence
By GREG RISLING
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A former mortician has been sentenced to 25 years to life for plotting to kill a funeral business rival in a decades-old case that initially resulted in a sentence of lifetime probation.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Dorothy Shubin imposed the sentence Monday against 56-year-old David Wayne Sconce. Shubin found that Sconce had violated his probation after he was convicted late last year of having a stolen firearm.
Sconce was sentenced in 1989 to a five-year prison term for mutilating corpses, conducting mass cremations at a ceramics kiln and hiring thugs to rough up three competing morticians.
He later pleaded guilty to conspiring to hire a hit man to murder a potential buyer of a rival crematory.
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