Crematory Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A crematory operator accused of faking hundreds of cremations in Noble, Georgia, appears ready to plead guilty.

Prosecutors say Ray Brent Marsh dumped 334 bodies on his property and passed off cement dust as ashes. In a letter to families of the deceased, the prosecutors say they've reached a plea agreement with Marsh.

A source with knowledge of the deal has told The Associated Press that Marsh will be sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Two years ago, hundreds of decomposing corpses were found stacked in storage sheds and scattered in woods outside the Tri-State Crematory in rural northwest Georgia.

Marsh and dozens of funeral homes that sent bodies to the crematory already have settled a civil lawsuit for $80 million.

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