A judge in the US state of South Carolina has ordered the closure of a funeral home where an employee cut off the legs of a 6ft 7in (2m) body.
The worker used an electric saw to sever James Hines's legs at the calf to make his body fit the coffin in 2004.
The owner had contested the revocation of his licence, saying he was absent when the incident happened and pointing to an otherwise unblemished record.
But after a brief hearing, the judge confirmed the business should close.
Earlier this year the owner of the funeral parlour in Allendale admitted that his father, who helped with cleaning and embalming bodies, had sawn off Mr Hines's legs.
The admission came after a former employee told police about the incident, four years after it happened.
In April South Carolina's funeral board exhumed the body and found the severed legs in the coffin.
Mr Hines has since been reburied in another coffin.
I love that. He's turned a difficult problem into a simple fix. What a man, I love this guy.
This is how the conversation would have gone if it were in the UK:
Employee: We have a problem. The bastards too fucking big to fit in the coffin! He’s 6ft 7in!
Boss: that is a problem. What does the book say we should do?
Employee: it says we should get a bigger coffin.
Boss: That’s going to take longer. He’s already starting to turn. Can we put an extension on it?
Employee: No boss. Pass me the saw and I’ll cut his legs off. The lanky bastard isn’t going to miss a 12 inches.
I have an odd mind. That came to me in a few seconds. I should write a comic sketch or something like that.