Of­fi­cials: Ex­huma­tion of killers from vet ceme­ter­ies is rare

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

HART­FORD, Conn. — Of­fi­cials say the re­cent ex­huma­tion of an Army Viet­nam vet­eran’s body from the Con­necti­cut State Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery was a rare in­vo­ca­tion of fed­eral laws aimed at keep­ing mur­der­ers and rapists out of vet­er­ans’ burial grounds. Guillermo Ail­lon’s re­mains were dis­in­terred from the Middletown ceme­tery last month, after of­fi­cials learned he had re­ceived a life sen­tence for killing his es­tranged wife and her par­ents in North Haven in 1972.

The fed­eral Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs says only one other per­son ap­pears to have been ex­humed from a U.S. vet­er­ans ceme­tery un­der a 2013 fed­eral law that gave the VA the author­ity to dig up the re­mains of mur­der­ers and rapists.

The body of Army vet­eran Michael LeShawn Anderson was re­moved from the Fort Custer Na­tional Ceme­tery in Michi­gan in 2014.

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