Thursday, Jul 24, 2014
Stepsister Pleads Guilty in Connection with Pinckneyville Murder
PERRY COUNTY -- The search for justice in the Sidnee Stephens murder case hit close to home Thursday when a Pinckneyville teen charged in connection with her stepsister's murder pleaded guilty.
Dakota Wall, 19, was accused of lying to police as they investigated the murder of her stepsister, Sidnee Stephens, 15. Wall pleaded guilty to obstructing a peace officer. Felony charges were dropped and she will not serve any more time in jail.
Dakota Wall now joins Carl Dane on the conviction list. Two of the four teens charged in connection with the death of Stephens have pleaded guilty.
After confessing to shooting Stephens and dumping her body in a creek in July of 2010, Carl Dane, 19, strangled himself in the Perry County Jail using his bed sheets. He was set to be transferred to Menard Prison that same day to begin his 60 year sentence.
Also in court Thursday, Robbie Mueller waived his right to a jury trial opting for a bench trial in December on first degree murder charges in the case. The judge warned the 16 year-old:
"You realize there's a risk" going on to say, "There will be a decision made and unlike a jury, a judge can't be hung," said the honorable Richard Aguirre.
As for James Glazier, 18, he is back in court Friday for a pre-trial on the murder charges against him.
Investigators say all three of the teenage boys belonged to a gang known as the p-ville saints, and that Wall lied to try to protect the gang members after her sister was killed.
Wall was ordered to pay a $400 fine and was sentenced to 22 days in jail and 261 days of home confinement, which she has already served.
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