NEW YORK – A New Yorker convicted of secretly cutting up corpses — including that of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke — has received a sentence of nine to 27 years for his role in a ghoulish multimillion-dollar body parts scheme.
Christopher Aldorasi was found guilty in March of enterprise corruption and other criminal counts. Aldorasi chose to have a Brooklyn judge hear his case instead of a jury.
He could have faced up to 60 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Aldorasi and other so-called "cutters" took bone and tissue without family permission and sold the pieces for use in transplants and other medical procedures.
The scheme's ringleader, Michael Mastromarino, pleaded guilty earlier this year and admitted that he didn't get consent for any of the hundreds of bodies he plundered.