BRISTOL, Va. — A Bristol, Virginia, woman pleaded guilty Thursday morning to a misdemeanor charge of improperly disposing of her mother’s body.

Jo-Whitney Outland, 55, was given a 12-month sentence, but the judge agreed to suspend the time. She will serve 12 months of supervised probation. She must also pay court fees.

Sgt. Steve Crawford with the Bristol Virginia Police Department said Outland was originally charged with a felony after authorities found the body of Outland’s mother at their home earlier this year.

In February, police discovered the body of Rosemary Outland, 78, covered in dozens of blankets and surrounded by air fresheners in their shared home on Pine Street. Rosemary Outland died Dec. 29, 2018, of natural causes, according to Crawford.

Police checked on the home after family members, who hadn’t heard from the woman, became concerned.

Crawford said Outland pleaded to a charge that involves no malicious intent. He said he does not believe Outland had any malicious intent and didn’t know what to do when her mother died.

Outland, who has no criminal record, previously told the Bristol Herald Courier that she is “not a bad person,” and she didn’t know why she failed to call authorities when her mother died.

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