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Man who put Aaron Idle's body in dumpster sentenced 11 months in jail

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(03/21/14) - The Owosso area man who admits he put Aaron Idle's body in a dumpster, after Idle allegedly overdosed on drugs, has been sentenced 11 months in jail.

Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Lostracco sentenced 35-year-old James Cummings to 24 months probation, but ordered the first 11 months be spent in the Shiawassee County Jail.

It was almost exactly one year ago when 30-year-old Idle was first reported missing by his family.

The search went on for months.

The Shiawassee County Sheriff's Office officially called it off in June, saying his body was "unrecoverable" in a landfill in Genesee County's Mundy Township.

In August, the sheriff's office announced Cummings had been charged with lying to them during the course of the investigation. The believe he and Idle were doing drug together and that Cummings panicked and put Idle's body in a dumpster after Idle overdosed on drugs.

Cummings pleaded guilty in February.

Friday, Cummings' attorney, John J. Homola, said he admits he put Idle's body in the dumpster and that is wasn't something "normal" people do.

Cummings did not address the court or offer any statement.

Idle's parents were hoping for a prison sentence.

"I'm very disappointed," said Pam Idle, Aaron's mother. "That's the way it goes when plea deals are made and so on and so forth. No justice for us, I guess, but we have to accept that just like we've had to accept everything since Aaron disappeared."

Aaron's brother Andrew Idle was also charged as his death investigation played out.

In January, the sheriff's office announced Andrew was arrested and charged with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance. Investigators allege he delivered drugs to Aaron the night he died.

Part of Cummings plea agreement includes cooperation in that ongoing, court case. The Shiawassee County Prosecutor's Office says Andrew trial is scheduled for July.

Andrew remains in the Shiawassee County Jail.

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