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UPDATE: Ex-Wis. medical examiner sentenced to year in jail

UPDATED Monday, February 10, 2014 --- 3:44 p.m.

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a former northern Wisconsin medical examiner accused of taking body parts from autopsies to a year in jail.

Forty-seven-year-old Traci England was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty last month in Oneida County to two counts of misconduct in public office.

England was ordered to begin serving her sentence Friday. WSAW-TV reports she'll also spend three years on extended supervision upon her release.

England was medical examiner for Oneida and Forest counties. Under a plea deal, charges of theft and obstructing an officer were dismissed.

England told investigators in Oneida County she kept a piece of cadaver spine during a 2012 autopsy in order to train her dog. She's also accused of keeping tissue from a body in another autopsy the same day in Forest County.

Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Friday, January 6, 2012 --- 7:25 a.m.

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) -- The Oneida County medical examiner is accused of keeping a piece of human spine from an autopsy so she could use it to train a cadaver dog.

Forty-four-year-old Traci England was arrested and jailed, but was released on $5,000 signature bond after appearing in court Thursday. She has not been charged.

District Attorney Michael Bloom tells the Wausau Daily Herald (http://wdhne.ws/vZQk3T ) that England attended an autopsy Tuesday and kept part of the dead person's spine. Bloom says England told police that she intended to use the part to train one of her dogs to search for human remains.

Oneida County Human Resources Director Lisa Charbarneau says England was placed on paid administrative suspension Thursday while the county investigates.

A message left for England's attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.

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Information from: Wausau Daily Herald, http://www.wausaudailyherald.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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