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Utah man sentenced to probation for placing mother's body in residential coal storage bin

A Panguitch man, who told police he’d promised his mother a “green burial” when she died, pleaded guilty Thursday to instead placing her body in a coal bin at their home.

Pete Marker, 66, entered a guilty plea to abuse or desecration of a dead human body, a third-degree felony, in 6th District Court. As part of a plea agreement, a charge of failing to report a dead human body, a class B misdemeanor, was dismissed.

Judge Marvin Bagley gave Marker credit for time served since his Jan. 10 arrest, and sentenced him to two years probation.