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Eight Month Sentence In Thefts From Deceased

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut funeral home director has been sentenced to eight months in prison for stealing money and other valuables from dead people’s homes.

The judge also ordered Kevin Riley to give up his licenses as a funeral director and embalmer. He must pay nearly $63,000 in restitution to victims’ families as well as state agencies that he double-billed.

Hartford Superior Court Judge David Gold said at Tuesday’s hearing that Riley abused his position of trust and preyed on vulnerable clients of his Coventry funeral home.

The 54-year-old Riley pleaded guilty in August to several larceny charges and faced up to two years in prison.

A defense lawyer read a statement from Riley in which he said the mistakes he made were to support his wife and children.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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