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Ray Brent Marsh writes apology letter after Tri-State Crematory release

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News obtained an apology letter from the man at

who walked free after serving his full 12-year sentence.

Ray Brent Marsh pleaded guilty in 2004 to various charges, including theft by deception, abusing a corpse, burial service-related fraud and giving false statements, after the bodies of 334 people in various stages of decomposition were found scattered across his crematory property in Noble, Georgia.

Marsh could have been sentenced to thousands of years, but took a plea deal that gave him a 12-year sentence.

Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt was the only news reporter at the Central State Prison in Bibb County as Marsh was walked out by his attorney, McCracken Poston.

The apology reads:

To My Community, 
I humbly and very respectfully acknowledge the hurt and pain my actions have caused. I sincerely apologize. Moving forward, I can assure everyone that my life and deeds will not only prove the sincerity of my words but my desire to lead a life that is worthy of this community. I am thankful to so many who have welcomed me home, wished me well, prayed for me and are giving me the opportunity to return to my family and this community.
Prayerfully, 
Brent Marsh 

In a statement to Channel 2 Action News, the parole board says it did consider Marsh for parole in 2008 and 2013, but denied him.

He is now on probation for the rest of his life. The conditions of that probation include getting a job.

Marsh’s lawyer says now that he’s out, Marsh is hoping to quietly fade away.

WATCH: Ray Brent Marsh's attorney wants client to be left alone

"I just want people to leave him alone and give him a chance,” Poston said.

“He’s out. He’s done his time. He will live his life and he will do the right things by people,” Marsh’s other attorney, Stuart James, said.

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