Lafayette woman who kept husband’s corpse in house for more than 9 months pleads guilty


Ila Solomon

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UPDATE (December 22, 2015) — Ila Solomon was sentenced to one year and 180 days; 60 days of that sentence will be spent at the Tippecanoe County Community Corrections Center, and the first 180 days will be supervised. She will also serve 100 hours of community service, and she is banned from being a caregiver.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2015)– A Lafayette woman who lived with her dead husband’s body for nine months pleaded guilty Friday.

Ila Solomon, 55, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of failing to report a dead body and unlawful disposal.

According to the Tippecanoe County coroner, Solomon’s husband, 88-year-old Gerald “Scooter” Gavan died around July 15, 2013. His body wasn’t found until May 2014.

Solomon said Gavan wanted to be outside after dying because he wanted a sky burial, which is an ancient funeral practice where birds dispose of a corpse.

She claimed she didn’t report the death to fulfill her husband’s unusual burial request.

Her sentencing is set for December 21.

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