Human remains found where ex-pastor said he buried woman

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OCEAN CITY, Fla. (AP) – Authorities have found human remains where a former Florida pastor said he buried a woman’s body nearly five years ago.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mike Card told The Northwest Florida Daily News ( ) the remains were found Friday in James Ty Flanders’ former backyard in Ocean City.

The newspaper reports the 47-year-old Flanders pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter in the October 2011 death of 37-year-old Marie Jane Carlson.

According to the report, Flanders provided the location of Carlson’s body in exchange for pleading guilty to manslaughter instead of second-degree murder.

The newspaper reports that Flanders told investigators he and his wife shared a relationship with Carlson. Prosecutors said Flanders described grabbing Carlson and holding her in a “tight bear hug” until she stopped moving.

Flanders faces up to 15 years in prison.

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