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Jose David Diaz-Marrero Steals, Snorts Dog And Human Ashes In Florida

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JOSE DAVID DIAZ MARRERO
Jose David Diaz Marrero, Matrix Andaluz, Waldo Soroa (left to right) were arrested on suspicion of stealing cremated remains they mistakenly thought were drugs. | Marion County Sheriff

One of three Florida men who stole and snorted human and dog ashes was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison.

Jose David Diaz-Marrero, 20, committed a series of burglaries between December 2010 and January 2011, authorities told the Ocala Star-Banner.

In his most heinous crime, Diaz-Marrero, with his accomplices Waldo Soroa and Matrix Andaluz, discovered several urns filled with ashes in a Silver Spring Shore he burglarized on Dec. 15, 2010. The group reportedly thought that the urns contained crushed-up pills, so they tasted and snorted the contents. The men also reportedly stole $1,500 worth of jewelry, a laptop and a 42-inch television.

The homeowner returned that night to find that the urns -- which contained the ashes of her father and two Great Danes -- were gone.

Diaz-Marrero pleaded guilty in June to four burglaries, including the ash theft, according to WPBF. He reportedly apologized in court on Friday.

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