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GHOULISH AREA CRIME: Kimmel man sentenced for digging up grave in Sparta Cemetery last summer

December 13, 2011

ALBION – A Kimmel man who admitted digging up a grave on a dare has been sentenced to one year in jail.

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Todd Huntsman, of Kimmell, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to cemetery mischief. His attorney had asked a Noble County judge to sentence Huntsman to probation and counseling.

Huntsman told the court that overnight on July 31-Aug. 1 he and 19-year-old Roberto Steven Avila, of Ligonier, dug up a grave at Sparta Cemetery containing the casket of a young man who had been dead about 18 months.

Prosecutors said Huntsman and Avila stopped digging upon reaching the burial vault and then left the cemetery.

Avila was sentenced in October to one year in jail on the same charge as Huntsman.

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