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Man who stole father's body 'to bring it back to life' avoids jail

Police found the corpse stored in Vincent Bright's home freezer

A man accused of stealing his 93-year-old father’s body from a Detroit cemetery in the hope of bringing him back to life has pleaded guilty in exchange for avoiding prison.

Vincent Bright faces sentencing next month after admitting the charge of disinterring a body.

“He seems to be doing well,” his lawyer, Gerald Karafa, told the Associated Press today.

In exchange for the guilty plea, he said Bright will get probation with credit for time served. The judge ruled that Bright could be released on bail, Mr Karafa said.

He will face a pre-sentencing review to help determine the details of his probation.

A conviction on the disinterring a body charge could have led to 10 years in prison.

Bright, then 48, stole the body of Clarence Bright, 93, on 14 January and stored it in a home freezer. Police, acting on a tip-off from other family members, found the corpse in Bright’s home on Detroit’s east side.

Police said Bright is religious and took the body in hopes his father would be resurrected.

Prosecutors sought a mental health examination, and he was found competent to stand trial.