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Men enter Alford pleas in stolen tombstone case

MONTEVIDEO — A father and son in Montevideo agreed to enter Alford pleas this week on a charge of removing the gravestone from the burial plot of the wife and mother of the two.

John Wendell Albrecht, 74, and John Darron Albrecht, 48, had each been charged with felony theft for removing a gravestone that other family members had placed at the burial site of Sandra Albrecht, who died in 2016.

A sexton for the cemetery discovered the gravestone missing April 13. He told authorities that he had seen Albrecht Sr. come into town pulling a small utility trailer two days earlier.

After executing a search warrant, the senior Albrecht led officers to a remote portion of his farm where the tombstone was found hidden under sticks and logs.

The man claimed he owned the burial site and was removing abandoned property (the tombstone) that had been put there illegally and without his permission.

By agreeing to enter an Alford plea the Albrechts did not admit to the act but admit that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.

The men will be on unsupervised probation for one year.

Judge Thomas Van Hon issued a stay of adjudication, which means the felony charge will not be entered onto their criminal record if they successfully complete probation.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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