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Third person pleads guilty to federal charges in Carl DeBrodie death

Carl DeBrodie case
Anthony R. K. Flores pleaded guilty in federal court to lying to Fulton police officers related to the death of Carl DeBrodie.


A third person pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for a crime related to the death of a Fulton man with disabilities.

Anthony R. K. Flores pleaded guilty in the Western District Court of Missouri for lying to authorities about where and when he saw DeBrodie in April 2017.

Court documents show Flores told Fulton police on April 19, 2017, that he saw DeBrodie at a barbeque he hosted three days earlier. The plea agreement said Flores' mother, Sherry Paulo, told him to tell people he saw DeBrodie there.

Flores and among two others have pleaded guilty to federal crimes connected with the death of DeBrodie. Anthony R. Flores, 59, and Sherry K. Paulo, 54, pleaded guilty in November to failing to provide medical care for DeBrodie. The trio worked for Second Chance Homes, a Fulton facility that cared for people with disabilities and where DeBrodie stayed from 2008 to 2016.

Authorities say the elder Anthony R. Flores and Paulo tried covering up DeBrodie's death sometime in 2016. The plea agreement said Anthony R. K. Flores helped move a "heavy wooden crate" from the Second Chance Homes location onto a truck en route to Paulo's storage unit. Fulton police would find DeBrodie's body inside a crate encased in concrete within that unit.

The plea agreement does not say Anthony R.K. Flores knew DeBrodie's body was inside the crate.

He also pleaded guilty to a state charge of making a false report in February 2019. A judge sentenced him to eight months in Callaway County Jail.

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Lucas Geisler

Lucas Geisler anchors the 5 p.m. show for ABC 17 News and reports on the latest news around mid-Missouri at 9 and 10 p.m.


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