Mortician gets 1 week in jail for 11 decaying bodies

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Posted: Dec 21, 2015 12:49 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The owner of an Ohio funeral home where 11 bodies were found in various states of decay will spend a week in jail and give up his funeral license.

Robert Tate Jr. apologized to relatives of the deceased before he was sentenced Monday in a Toledo courtroom.

Prosecutors didn't recommend any jail time, but a judge said Tate needed time to consider what he had done.

In May, authorities in Toledo removed the bodies that were intended for cremation, including some stored in a garage.

Officials say they were stored in cremation boxes and body bags, and at least one had been there for months.

The niece of one man who was found with mold on his body said Tate treated her uncle's remains like they were garbage.