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Florida man sentenced after stealing cremation urns

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 05:06 PM

OCALA — A central Florida man accused of stealing and snorting the cremated remains of a man and two dogs has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for a string of burglaries.

Authorities say Jose David Diaz-Marrero and two other men stole the urns containing Holli Tencza's father and two Great Danes in 2010, along with jewelry and electronics.

Detectives said the men told investigators that they thought the urns contained crushed pills. They realized they were wrong when they saw an article about the theft published in the Ocala Star-Banner.

Diaz-Marrero pleaded guilty in June to four burglaries, including the one at Tencza's home.

The Star-Banner reports that Diaz-Marrero apologized in court Friday. One of the other men has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

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