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Defense: Man to plead guilty to moving body

on April 14, 2013 1:30 AM

SOMERSET (AP) — A defense attorney says a western Pennsylvania man charged with having moved a friend’s corpse out of his apartment into the dead man’s pickup truck plans to plead guilty as soon as a hearing can be arranged.

Michael Moore, 37, of Somerset, apologized Friday to the family of Frankie Sass, 53, according to The (Somerset) Daily American.

“I want to apologize for my actions that evening,” he said as several of the victim’s relatives began to cry. “I wish I could change my actions that evening. I am truly sorry.”

Defense attorney William Carroll said his client wanted to spare the family “a whole lot of turmoil” by pleading guilty to abuse of a corpse, a second-degree misdemeanor.

He asked prosecutors to drop his client’s $30,000 bail but prosecutors objected and the judge agreed, saying he would not allow unsecured bond because of the misdemeanor charges.

The defendant’s girlfriend said Sass showed up at their apartment Jan. 23 and was later found dead, so they called a friend who helped to load the body into the truck.

She said they then drove the vehicle to another part of the borough, wiped it down, threw the keys inside and locked, and then walked back to the apartment.

Moore was sentenced Thursday to four months to two years in a drug case, and his attorney said he expected to be sentenced via video conference from prison.

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