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Southern Illinois woman sentenced to 75 years in prison for soliciting father's murder

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MARION, Illinois — A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for soliciting and aiding in the 2011 murder of her father.

Williamson County Judge John Speroni sentenced 55-year-old Cindy Stearns on Tuesday. She was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm for plotting to kill her father, 73-year-old Charles James of Freeman Spur.

Speroni says she was the most at fault in the murder even though she didn't shoot her father.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kate Bodie was sentenced to 50 years in prison for firing the shots. Bodie's 18-year-old son, Joshua Dallacosta, was sentenced to 45 years for similar charges.

James and his girlfriend were shot at Stearns' home after she invited them there to play cards. James died at the scene. His girlfriend survived.

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