The fifth person convicted in the death of a 15-year-old Pinckneyville girl in 2010 has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Chad Bennett II, of Pinckneyville, entered a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to home invasion. In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges of murder and concealing a homicidal death in connection to the death of Sidnee Stephens, according to court records.
Bennett was sentenced to 20 years on Friday, The Southern Illinoisian reported.
The body of Stephens, 15, was found July 25, 2010, in the water under the Beaucoup Creek Bridge in Pinckneyville. She had been strangled, shot and tied to a concrete block.
Four others were charged in her death, including her half-sister, Dakota Wall. Wall had let Carl Dane, James Glazier and Robbie Mueller into her home to kidnap Stephens. Dane was sentenced to 60 years; he killed himself before he was transferred to prison. Wall was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Glazier to 60 years in prison and Mueller to 37 years in prison.
According to a statement of facts in Wall’s case, Glazier entered Stephens’ residence through a balcony door that had been intentionally unlocked by Wall. Mueller and Dane had helped lift up Glazier so that he could get into the residence. Glazier, Mueller and Dane admitted to police that they strangled Stephens inside the residence.
A motive for her killing was never disclosed publicly.