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Leader of religious order gets 2 years in prison


MAUSTON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a leader of a religious order to two years in prison for hiding the body of an elderly follower on a toilet for weeks.

Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth says Alan Bushey, 59, kept Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth, 90, in Tammy Lewis' bathroom so he could go on collecting her Social Security payments.

Judge John Roemer says Bushey's actions had a devastating effect on Lewis' two young children and denied Middlesworth a proper burial. He also sentenced Bushey to three years of extended supervision.

Southworth had asked Roemer to impose a four-year prison term.

Bushey's attorney says Bushey believed God would raise Middlesworth from the dead and asked for three years of probation.

Middlesworth moved to Wisconsin from Washington state in 2005.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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