Cadaver Fence Gets 10 Years

By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 12, 2009 5:43 AM CDT
Ernest Nelson talks to his attorney before he was convicted last month for his involvement in a scheme to buy and sell human body parts donated to the UCLA medical school.    (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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(Newser) – A man convicted of fencing cadavers stolen from UCLA's willed body program has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, NBC reports. The lawyer for Ernest Nelson, 51, argued that his client’s sales to big-name customers such as Johnson & Johnson were all above board, and that the only thief is the UCLA program director who pocketed what Nelson paid him for the corpses.