Man who cut up Alistair Cooke's body is sentenced

Published: 6/18/2008 4:11 PM

NEW YORK -- A man convicted of secretly cutting up corpses -- including that of "Masterpiece Theatre" host Alistair Cooke -- has received a sentence of nine to 27 years for his role in a ghoulish multimillion-dollar body parts scheme.

Christopher Aldorasi, 36, was found guilty in April on a total of 20 counts, including enterprise corruption, grand larceny and reckless endangerment

Aldorasi chose to have a Brooklyn judge hear his case instead of a jury. He could have faced up to 60 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Aldorasi and other so-called "cutters" took bone and tissue without family permission and sold the pieces to medical companies for use in transplants and other medical procedures.

The scheme's ringleader, Michael Mastromarino, 44, pleaded guilty earlier this year and admitted that he didn't get consent for any of the hundreds of bodies he plundered.

Mastromarino, who publicly apologized for his crimes last week, will be sentenced June 27. He faces a maximum of 54 years in prison.

At Aldorasi's trial, Cooke's daughter testified that she had never spoken to him or to Mastromarino about harvesting her father's body.