Grave Reselling Scandal
Maurice Dailey, who was a backhoe operator at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, pleaded guilty to desecration, removal of buried remains and removal of headstone charges.
Keith and Terrence Nicks’ conduct was so “unique” in its depravity, they need to be put behind bars despite their lack of criminal backgrounds, Assistant State’s Attorney Nick Trutenko argued, asking Judge Joan Margaret O’Brien to sentence the brothers to consecutive terms.
In a firm voice, the former grounds foreman at the historic Burr Oak Cemetery denied Tuesday that he desecrated human remains and insisted that he pushed management to improve the dilapidated south suburban site, the Sun-Times is reporting.
A Burr Oak Cemetery worker testified Thursday that the foreman on site used a sledgehammer to destroy a cement liner surrounding an old casket and once heard him use an expletive to describe the skeletal remains he wanted trashed to make room for a fresh corpse.
After touring the now pristine cemetery, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said the change there over the past five years has been remarkable.
The alleged ringleader of the grave reselling scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery reported to prison on Monday to begin serving a 12-year sentence.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and State Sen. Emil Jones III (D-Chicago) were engaged in a war of words on Tuesday over proposed changes in state law overseeing cemeteries.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said Monday that archeologists have uncovered bodies and bones in an unused section of the historic Burr Oak Cemetery, in far greater numbers than previously believed.