Funeral Director Pleads Responsible to 31 Counts of Improperly Dealing with Our bodies

  • An Indiana funeral residence director pleaded responsible to theft on Friday after 31 lifeless our bodies had been present in his funeral residence.
  • Randy Lankford faces a doable sentence of 4 years in jail and eight years of home arrest.
  • Police began investigating Lankford’s funeral residence in July 2022 when a county coroner observed a foul odor within the constructing.

An Indiana funeral residence director pleaded responsible to 40 counts of felony theft on Friday after authorities found 31 decomposing our bodies and 17 extra cremated stays decaying inside his funeral residence for months.

Prosecutors charged Randy Lankford of Jeffersonville, Indiana with theft for failing to finish the funeral providers he was paid for by at the very least 53 households, in response to The Related Press. A choose ordered Lankford to pay $46,000 in restitution to the households.

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The Jeffersonville Police Division started investigating Lankford’s funeral residence — Lankford Funeral Residence and Household Heart — in July 2022 when the county coroner observed a foul odor coming from the constructing. A number of the our bodies discovered within the funeral residence had been there decomposing since March, the AP reported.

When sentenced, Lankford faces a proposed sentence of 4 years in jail with eight years of residence incarceration, Clark County Circuit Court docket Decide N. Lisa Glickfield mentioned in courtroom on Friday.

Derrick Kessinger mentioned he waited to listen to from Langford because the stays of three of his family members sat inside his funeral residence. Kessinger attended Friday’s courtroom listening to the place Langford pleaded responsible and mentioned he did finally obtain the cremated stays of his family members.

“It’s been robust, however I do forgive him for what he did,” Kessinger instructed the AP. “I hope he can discover forgiveness.”

Lankford has a sentencing listening to on June 23 and a restitution listening to scheduled on September 20, the place the choose will decide how a lot further cash he has to pay to his victims, in response to Clark County Circuit Court docket data.

Lankford is at present below home arrest till his sentencing listening to on June 23.

Lankford’s lawyer didn’t instantly return Insider’s request for touch upon Saturday. The telephone quantity listed for the funeral residence was disconnected. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.


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