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SARNIA, Ont. -A man who sold brass flower urns for scrap that had been stolen from a cemetery has been sentenced to 85 days in jail.
Bjay William Ravenhorst, 33, pled guilty Tuesday in Sarnia court to defrauding a scrap dealer, possession of urns stolen from two Sarnia, Ont., cemeteries, possession of stolen power tools and morphine along with court order violations.
Ravenhorst sold 16 urns to a scrap dealer on Jan. 24 and 26 that had been stolen from headstones, defrauding the dealer of $300.
Thirty-four urns had been stolen from the two cemeteries.
The crime was detected when Ravenhorst went to a second scrap dealer to sell urns and the dealer called police.
Trading in such stolen objects is "despicable," said assistant Crown attorney Aniko Coughlan, who called for a 90-day jail sentence.
Sarnia jail inmates consider crimes against cemeteries reprehensible, and Ravenhorst had to be kept in protective custody while at the jail, defence lawyer Don Elliott said.
Ravenhorst's jail time includes 27 days of pre-sentence custody and will be served on weekends so he can work.