Leader of US religious group gets 2 years in prison for hiding corpse in followers bathroom

The leader of a Wisconsin religious order has been sentenced to two years in prison for hiding a dead follower’s body on a toilet for weeks so he could collect her Social Security payments.

This undated file photo originally provided by the Juneau County Sheriff's Office shows Alan Bushey

MAUSTON, Wisconsin — The leader of a Wisconsin religious order has been sentenced to two years in prison for hiding a dead follower’s body on a toilet for weeks so he could collect her Social Security payments.

Alan Bushey pleaded no contest to hiding a corpse in February.

Judge John Roemer said Wednesday that the 59-year-old Bushey inflicted devastating psychological harm on two young children of a follower in whose bathroom he stored the body of Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth. Middlesworth was 90 when she died.

Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth had asked Roemer to impose a four-year prison term.

Bushey’s attorney says his client believed God would raise Middlesworth from the dead.

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