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Detroit man gets probation in theft of dad’s body

Vincent Bright must get mental health care.

Vincent Bright must get mental health care.

DETROIT — A man who stole his father’s body from a Detroit cemetery was placed on probation Tuesday and ordered to take mental health medication or face jail.

Vincent Bright avoided a prison sentence under a deal with the Wayne County prosecutor. He pleaded guilty in August to disinterment of a body.

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Bright ‘‘absolutely’’ must continue getting mental health care and show his probation officer that he is taking medicine, Wayne County Judge James Chylinski said.

In January, the body of 93-year-old Clarence Bright disappeared from Gethsemane Cemetery, shortly after his funeral but before the casket could be buried. Family members led police to the body in a freezer in Vincent Bright’s home.

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Bright, 49, was arrested when police found him in a van with an empty casket in the back.

Police said Bright was religious and had hoped his father would come back to life. Bright was found mentally unfit to face the charges, but his mental health improved after treatment.

Associated Press

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