The civil court case brought against John W. Albrecht and John D. Albrecht by siblings Lane Albrecht, Jasen Albrecht, Cal Albrecht, and Deb Grussing came to an end last Friday, Sept. 21, when the  Honorable Judge Thomas Van Hon ruled on the case.

The civil court case brought against John W. Albrecht and John D. Albrecht by siblings Lane Albrecht, Jasen Albrecht, Cal Albrecht, and Deb Grussing came to an end last Friday, Sept. 21, when the  Honorable Judge Thomas Van Hon ruled on the case.

In an earlier criminal case, John W. Albrecht and John D. Albrecht entered an Alford Plea in connection with the theft of a gravestone from Sandra Albrecht’s grave at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Sandra was John W. Albrecht’s wife and the mother of 11 Albrecht children.

By pleading an Alford Plea, the Albrecht’s did not admit to the crime, but did agree that there was enough evidence to convict them of the crime if the case went to trial.

A civil suit was then filed by the siblings against their father John W. Albrecht and brother John D. Albrecht, which went to trial on Thursday, July 19, 2018, and continued into the next day.

The trial ended and Judge Van Hon had 90 days to issue a ruling, which he did last Friday.

According to court documents, in his conclusions Judge Van Hon had found that John W. Albrecht was in breach of a contract when he and John D. Albrecht removed a gravestone that was purchased by the siblings and placed on Sandra’s grave.

The contract was formed between the siblings and John W. Albrecht on July 27, 2016, when he “responded approvingly to Everett Bain upon being informed of the Plaintiffs’ offer to pay for the burial expenses and the marker.”

By removing the marker, John W. Albrecht was in breach of the contract, ruled Judge Van Hon.

In the order handed down last Friday, Judge Van Hon ruled that the Albrecht siblings are entitled to return the marker which they had purchased to their mother’s gravesite at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.

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