December 18, 2001 at 6:45 PM EST - Updated July 12 at 3:16 AM
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A man who lived in a house with the bodies of his dead parents has been released from jail.
Police found Ralph L. Carlone, 49, wandering in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Tiffin on Dec. 7. He disappeared 16 months ago after being charged with failing to seek care for his mother. Prosecutors later dismissed the charge.
He faced a contempt charge for failing to appear on a warrant in Akron Municipal Court that was issued when he left a halfway house.
In court Monday to answer to the contempt charge, Judge Lynne Callahan gave Carlone credit for the 10 days he served since he was picked up by Tiffin police.
Carlone told Callahan he left town because of the media coverage of his case.
"They were saying, 'He's a murderer, he's this, he's that,'" Carlone said. "And I'm supposed to get a fair trial in Ohio."
The remains of Armando Carlone and his wife, Delia, were discovered in July 2000 after authorities found Ralph Carlone walking along a highway and carrying $147,000 in a bag.
Mrs. Carlone, who died June 24, 2000, at age 77, was found in a living room chair. Her husband's bones were in plastic bags under the basement stairs. He died in 1989 at age 73.
Callahan told Carlone she thinks he was the victim, and that he was acting on his mother's wishes when he did not get her medical care.
In January, the Social Security Administration settled a fraud claim against Carlone for $100,000. The agency had accused Carlone and his mother of defrauding $129,000 in Social Security payments because checks to Armando Carlone continued to be cashed after he died.
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