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.