An unlicensed West Philadelphia funeral director whose mortuary was closed by the state in 2015 has been sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to repay $5,000 to three families whose dead relatives were mishandled.
Blair Hawkins, 54, of Laurel Springs, who operated Hawkins Funeral Services at 53rd Street and Haverford Avenue, was sentenced Tuesday by Common Pleas Court Judge Mia Roberts Perez, according to Assistant District Attorney Zachary Wynkoop.
Defense lawyer Jack McMahon could not be immediately reached for comment.
In October, Hawkins was convicted of three counts of abuse of corpse in Municipal Court and was sentenced to two years' probation. Hawkins then sought a retrial in Common Pleas Court, but on Tuesday withdrew the appeal and was resentenced.
In August 2015, inspectors from the state Board of Funeral Directors inspected Hawkins' facility and found three bodies covered in maggots and flies and the mortuary in disarray.