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April 7, 1995 | KEVIN UHRICH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In one of the county's longest-running criminal prosecutions, a Superior Court jury on Thursday found the former owners of a Pasadena mortuary guilty of misappropriating $100,000 in interest earnings from customer trust accounts. Returning verdicts on eight of 30 charges filed against Jerry W. Sconce, 60, and his wife, Laurieanne Sconce, 57, jurors found Jerry Sconce not guilty on four counts of illegally removing and selling body parts from corpses before they were cremated.
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June 21, 1995
Ending a ghoulish scandal that rocked the state's funeral home business, the former owners of a Pasadena mortuary were each sentenced Tuesday to three years and eight months in prison for removing body parts from corpses without consent and selling them to an organ donor bank. Jerry W. Sconce, 60, and his wife, Laurieanne Lamb Sconce, 57, were taken into custody after the hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court more than eight years after the grisly affair was uncovered.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1992
A judge has dropped a conspiracy charge against a former funeral home operator and scheduled a hearing next month for Jerry Sconce and his wife on six other charges. Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling dropped the charge of conspiracy to mutilate gold teeth and ordered Sconce and his wife, Laurieanne Lamb Sconce, to return to court Aug. 7. The couple face three counts each of forgery and wrongful removal of body parts.
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April 14, 1995
The ex-owners of a Pasadena funeral home, who were convicted of illegally removing body parts from corpses and misusing their clients' money, were acquitted Thursday of five more charges. But the Los Angeles Superior Court jury deadlocked on several remaining counts against Jerry and Laurieanne Lamb Sconce. The jury was then dismissed, ending the couple's protracted trial over their activities at the Lamb Funeral Home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1995
A couple who used to run a Pasadena funeral home were convicted Tuesday of conspiring to remove body parts from the corpses they handled and selling the organs to a tissue bank. The three convictions returned by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury bring the total number of guilty verdicts against Jerry and Laurieanne Lamb Sconce to 11, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Nishinaka.
NEWS
June 15, 1989
A man allegedly hired by crematory operator David Sconce to beat up several competitors has been sentenced in Pasadena Superior Court to five years of probation. Daniel Robert Galambos pleaded guilty to three counts of assault in 1987. Galambos testified during a preliminary hearing concerning possible illegal activity connected with Sconce's crematories and funeral home that he received $900 to beat up competing morticians Ron Hast, Steven Nimz and Tim Waters, according to prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1995
Ending a ghoulish scandal that rocked the state's funeral home business, the former owners of a Pasadena mortuary were each sentenced Tuesday to three years and eight months in prison for removing body parts from corpses without consent and selling them to an organ donor bank. Jerry W. Sconce, 60, and his wife, Laurieanne Lamb Sconce, 57, were taken into custody after the hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court more than eight years after the grisly affair was uncovered.
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December 30, 1988 | JOHN JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Assistant Hesperia Fire Chief Will Wentworth listened incredulously as a caller complained that the noxious black smoke pouring from a nondescript building in the desert carried the sickeningly sweet smell of burning human flesh. "I don't think so, it's a ceramics shop," Wentworth replied. "Don't tell me they're not burning bodies. I was at the ovens at Auschwitz," the man said chillingly, Wentworth recalled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1992
In a bid to streamline a long-delayed trial, former Pasadena funeral home operators Laurieanne Lamb Sconce and Jerry Sconce will be tried on nine criminal counts, instead of the two dozen offenses alleged, a prosecutor said Thursday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Elliott Alhadeff said he opted to focus on fewer felony counts "so we can proceed to trial rapidly on these charges," which stemmed from a 1987 inquiry into the family's mortuary businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1995
The ex-owners of a Pasadena funeral home, who were convicted of illegally removing body parts from corpses and misusing their clients' money, were acquitted Thursday of five more charges. But the Los Angeles Superior Court jury deadlocked on several remaining counts against Jerry and Laurieanne Lamb Sconce. The jury was then dismissed, ending the couple's protracted trial over their activities at the Lamb Funeral Home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1995
A couple who used to run a Pasadena funeral home were convicted Tuesday of conspiring to remove body parts from the corpses they handled and selling the organs to a tissue bank. The three convictions returned by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury bring the total number of guilty verdicts against Jerry and Laurieanne Lamb Sconce to 11, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert Nishinaka.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1995 | KEVIN UHRICH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In one of the county's longest-running criminal prosecutions, a Superior Court jury on Thursday found the former owners of a Pasadena mortuary guilty of misappropriating $100,000 in interest earnings from customer trust accounts. Returning verdicts on eight of 30 charges filed against Jerry W. Sconce, 60, and his wife, Laurieanne Sconce, 57, jurors found Jerry Sconce not guilty on four counts of illegally removing and selling body parts from corpses before they were cremated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1992
A judge has dropped a conspiracy charge against a former funeral home operator and scheduled a hearing next month for Jerry Sconce and his wife on six other charges. Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling dropped the charge of conspiracy to mutilate gold teeth and ordered Sconce and his wife, Laurieanne Lamb Sconce, to return to court Aug. 7. The couple face three counts each of forgery and wrongful removal of body parts.
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June 27, 1992 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former owners of a Pasadena funeral home, whose arrests shocked the industry and led to a change in state law, were acquitted Friday of charges they conducted multiple cremations and commingled human remains. After three weeks of deliberation, a Pasadena Superior Court jury found there was insufficient evidence to prove the misdemeanor counts against Laurieanne Lamb Sconce, 55, and her husband, Jerry, 58.
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April 17, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former operators of a respected Pasadena funeral home, who are on trial in a bizarre scandal that rocked their industry five years ago, are trying to shift the blame to their son. Attorney Edward A. Rucker, representing Laurieanne Sconce, has told jurors that mass cremations, commingling of ashes and dental gold extractions did take place at the family's businesses. But, he said, "these acts were done by their son, David. It was done without their permission or knowledge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1992
In a bid to streamline a long-delayed trial, former Pasadena funeral home operators Laurieanne Lamb Sconce and Jerry Sconce will be tried on nine criminal counts, instead of the two dozen offenses alleged, a prosecutor said Thursday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Elliott Alhadeff said he opted to focus on fewer felony counts "so we can proceed to trial rapidly on these charges," which stemmed from a 1987 inquiry into the family's mortuary businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1992 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former owners of a Pasadena funeral home, whose arrests shocked the industry and led to a change in state law, were acquitted Friday of charges they conducted multiple cremations and commingled human remains. After three weeks of deliberation, a Pasadena Superior Court jury found there was insufficient evidence to prove the misdemeanor counts against Laurieanne Lamb Sconce, 55, and her husband, Jerry, 58.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1992 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former operators of a respected Pasadena funeral home, who are on trial in a bizarre scandal that rocked their industry five years ago, are trying to shift the blame to their son. Attorney Edward A. Rucker, representing Laurieanne Sconce, has told jurors that mass cremations, commingling of ashes and dental gold extractions did take place at the family's businesses. But, he said, "these acts were done by their son, David. It was done without their permission or knowledge.
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February 20, 1992 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A suit against the former owners of a Pasadena crematory accused of harvesting dental gold from corpses, commingling body remains and selling body organs without relatives' permission was settled Wednesday for $15.4 million. Relatives of more than 5,000 deceased people will share in the agreement approved by Superior Court Judge Barnet M. Cooperman.
NEWS
June 15, 1989
A man allegedly hired by crematory operator David Sconce to beat up several competitors has been sentenced in Pasadena Superior Court to five years of probation. Daniel Robert Galambos pleaded guilty to three counts of assault in 1987. Galambos testified during a preliminary hearing concerning possible illegal activity connected with Sconce's crematories and funeral home that he received $900 to beat up competing morticians Ron Hast, Steven Nimz and Tim Waters, according to prosecutors.
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