La Crosse Man Kept Mother In Freezer Because "I Couldn't Be Away From Her"

A La Crosse man who has pleaded no contest to charges that he kept his dead mother in his basement freezer for years says he did it because he couldn't bear to be away from her.

Fifty-two-year-old Philip Schuth said that he kept the death in 2000 a secret and would cry for days about losing her.

He says he didn't hide her death to continue to receive her Social Security checks.

Schuth is to be sentenced November 21st on several charges following his plea of no contest to hiding a corpse. He was also convicted of two counts of recklessly endangering safety and second-degree attempted homicide after shooting at neighbors.

The shooting last April prompted a stand-off with police when Schuth told officers his mother's body was in the freezer.