Plea Deal In Works For La Crosse Man Who Put His Mother In Freezer

A plea deal is on the table ... in the case of a La Crosse man accused in an April confrontation that led to an armed standoff and the discovery that he was keeping his mother's body in a basement freezer.

Fifty-two-year-old Philip Schuth has been scheduled for trial next month on eight felony charges, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide and concealing a corpse.

But a new plea hearing has been scheduled September 30th before La Crosse County Circuit Judge Ramona Gonzalez.

Schuth told the La Crosse Tribune last week he was offered a term of five to eight years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea. District Attorney Horne says the plea agreement will resolve all of the charges but won't give any details.

Schuth told authorities during the standoff that the body of his mother, Edith, had been in a basement freezer since she died in August 2000. An autopsy found she died of natural causes.

Schuth could still face federal charges for cashing his mother's Social Security checks after her death.


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