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COVINGTON, La. A Slidell woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she kept the human remains of an elderly man in an ice chest so that she could receive his Social Security checks.

According to the sheriff's office, Heidi Todd, 45, and Deborah Fisher, 58, cashed the deceased man's Social Security checks for nearly two years after Charles Fisher died at his home on South Military Road.

Todd pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of unlawful mutilation and unlawful disposal of human remains and theft. Fisher is awaiting trial on the same charges.

Todd was sentenced to three years in prison on each charge to run concurrently

Charles Fisher's body was found by deputies in the ice chest and had begun to putrefy and assume a liquid state. The hands were cut off and placed in the freezer, according to the sheriff's office.

Deborah Fisher, Charles Fisher's daughter, and Todd were arrested after deputies found Charles Fisher's remains at the home.

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