MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A Muskegon County funeral director accused of empty-box burials has pleaded guilty to drunken driving.
The Muskegon Chronicle reports a judge Wednesday accepted Thomas Clock III’s plea and scheduled a May 23 sentencing.
His January arrest led to the discovery of a woman’s body in Clock’s parked funeral van. Authorities say Clock buried an empty urn and misled relatives into thinking it contained her remains.
He waived a hearing earlier this week and awaits trial.
He faces another fraud charge after a container meant to hold the cremated remains of a baby was found empty.
He’s been in jail or a hospital under guard since his arrest last month in a second drunken driving case.
Clock was owner-operator of the now-closed Clock Funeral Home of White Lake in Whitehall.
Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle