Ray Brent Marsh, who was convicted of tossing bodies into buildings, holes and leaving them in their caskets when he was the director of a crematory in Walker County, was released from prison this morning.
Marsh's attorney, McCracken Poston, said the 43-year-old man is well and is in good spirits ready to reunite with his 14-year-old daughter and mother.
"Brent has had a very good attitude," Poston said. "He asks that the community leave him alone and he asks the community to forgive him."
Fourteen years ago, the case sparked an international story when more than 300 bodies were found on Marsh's family property, leading to sweeping changes in the way the nation regulates crematories.
Police and prosecutors didn't initially know what to charge Marsh for and desecration of a body wasn't a felony in Georgia. Lawmakers then moved to create a law to charge Marsh.
Marsh was sentenced to 12 years in prison and while Poston argued for his early release on multiple occasions for good behavior, he said he served every day of his sentence.