Sentencing in Burr Oak Cemetery case delayed

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Cook County Assistant State's Attorney is calling for consecutive sentences for the brothers involved in the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal, delaying what was expected to be a sentencing Tuesday.

The consecutive sentences would lead to the maximum of 15 years behind bars.

Assistant State's Attorney Nick Trutenko said Tuesday he is seeking the consecutive sentences due to the heinousness of the crimes.

"Never before have there been such attacks on the dead," Trutenko said, "and ongoing, daily, weekly, monthly to the point of mutilization [sic] and pulverizing remains of loved ones. And they joked about it. They laughed about it. They commingled remains, never to be located ... as if they never existed."

Terrence and Keith Nicks are brothers charged with removing and desecrating human remains from the historic Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill.

They will reconvene in court April 17.

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