Former Calif. mortician gets life sentence

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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