Hess pleads guilty to mail fraud in Sunset Mesa body-brokering 'scheme'

Megan Hess, left, with defense attorneys Daniel Shaffer and Ashley Petrey, exits the federal courthouse in Grand Junction Tuesday, July 5, after pleading guilty to one count of mail fraud. (Christopher Tomlinson/Grand Junction Daily Sentinel/with permission)

Megan Hess said she was “broken” and wants to “accept ownership” for mail fraud involving the sale of human remains under false pretenses. When pressed at her Tuesday plea hearing to explain, in her own words, why she was guilty, the former Montrose funeral home director faltered.

“It has been 53 months since this legal travesty began, 53 long months,” Hess said, going on to speak of “suffering, the families involved, my family, my child,” and adding her decision to plead guilty had not come easily.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the Montrose Daily Press assistant editor and senior writer. Follow her on Twitter, @kathMDP.

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