Former CA mortician faces long prison term

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors in Los Angeles want a former mortician who’s been on probation for life to be given a minimum 25 year prison sentence for violating his probation.

David Wayne Sconce was sentenced in 1989 to 5 years in prison for stealing body parts from corpses, including gold dental fillings, conducting mass cremations and hiring thugs to rough up three competing morticians.

Later he was charged with conspiring to hire a hit man to murder a potential buyer of a rival crematory. Sconce pleaded guilty and was placed on probation for life.

That wasn’t it for Sconce, who was hauled back into court in 2002 for an unspecified probation violation, during which judge told him, “If you come back before me on a violation of probation, I will sentence you to life in prison.”

Los Angeles County prosecutors want that punishment carried out after Sconce was convicted of trying to sell a stolen rifle, and the 56-year-old man faces a hearing today.

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