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Man gets probation for charges related to parents' deaths

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COLUMBIA CITY, OR (KPTV) -

A man who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the death of his parents and burying his mother's body in a wooded area will not go to prison.

Stephen Bahl pleaded guilty to charges Wednesday of criminal mistreatment, abuse of a corpse, theft, unlawful use of food stamps and making false statements to a public office.

Bahl was arrested in September in Columbia City after a set of human remains were found in a wooded area. Investigators said they were a missing woman, 91-year-old Frieda Bahl. She was reported missing in May 2012, but police said she had not been seen since July 2010.

A grand jury indicted Stephen Bahl on charges stemming from that case, as well as the death of his father, James Bahl, in 2009.

Investigators said he stole his mother's Social Security checks.

He was sentenced Wednesday to a suspended 18-month prison term, meaning he'll only have to serve if he fails to pay restitution to the state and does not abide by the requirements of his probation.

He is on probation for five years.

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