A woman has pleaded guilty to a federal charge arising from the death of a developmentally disabled man whose body was found encased in concrete in Missouri.

Mary K. Paulo admitted on Tuesday that she falsified documents to cover up the death of Carl DeBrodie, 31, whose body was discovered in a storage unit in Fulton in April 2017. Authorities believe he died months before his body was found. He was a resident of Second Chance Homes.

According to the plea, Paulo, 36, signed several documents saying she had seen and cared for DeBrodie when she had not.

After DeBrodie suffered an acute medical emergency and later died in her father's basement, Paulo admitted she placed DeBrodie's body in a trash can and transported the body back to DeBrodie's assigned residence, where she and Anthony Flores put it in a wooden crate, and filled it with cement.

Paulo's mother (Sherry Paulo), father (Anthony) and brother (Anthony R.K. Flores, 33, of Fulton) previously pleaded guilty to various charges related in the case.

Paulo faces 24 months in jail if convicted.

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