Stearns Sentenced to 75 Years


By WSIL Manager

MARION -- A Williamson County woman has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for the murder of her father.

Judge John Speroni handed down the sentence to Cindy Stearns Tuesday afternoon.

Stearns, 55, was charged in the 2011 shooting death of her father, Charles James. She was convicted in May of two counts of first degree murder and one count of aggravated battery.

Two others, Kate Bodie and Josh Dallacosta, were also charged in the crime.

Dallacosta is serving a 45-year prison. Bodie pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Bodie testified that Stearns approached her about the plot because Stearns was concerned James would replace her in his will.

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