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La Crosse Man Faces Prison In Connection With Hiding Mother's Body In Freezer

A recluse accused of hiding his dead mother in a freezer and shooting at neighbors pleaded no contest to charges in La Crosse County Circuit Court Friday.

In a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend Philip Schuth serve eight years in prison, much less than the maximum 80 years he could face.

The 52-year-old Schuth was arrested last April after a police standoff that began when shots were fired at neighbors during a confrontation at Schuth's home. Randy Russell was injured after he was hit twice.

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

Prosecutors believe Schuth was hiding her death so he could collect her Social Security checks.

During a plea hearing, Schuth pleaded no contest to second-degree attempted homicide, hiding a corpse and to two counts of recklessly endangering safety.

He'll be sentenced November 21st.


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