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WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) -- The attorney for the man convicted of helping his friend dump the body of a drug-overdose victim plans to appeal the jury's verdict.

Yesterday, 20-year-old Mark Anthony Chernin Junior was convicted of third-degree desecration of a corpse.

Chernin was found guilty of helping dump the body of 46-year-old Phillip Alan Northcutt's body last August. Northcutt died after ingesting methamphetamine at a Sandy home. However, Chernin claims he was forced to get rid of the body.

Chernin's attorney plans to appeal his client's conviction, saying there's strong grounds for one.

But for now, Chernin's is set to be sentence August 29th. He faces up to five years in prison.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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