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MURPHYSBORO — A Carbondale woman pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder for her involvement in the death of Robin L. Stief, whose burned remains were found in August in a wooded area in Carbondale.

Lauren L. Stinde, 23, entered the guilty plea at an arraignment inside Jackson County Courthouse on Monday afternoon.

The sentence for a murder conviction in Illinois is 20 to 60 years. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

First-degree murder charges were also filed Monday against Tiesha D. Anderson, 22, and Robert J. Dennis, 25, according to a news release from Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr. Both individuals were previously charged with concealment of a homicidal death in the case.

Stinde was indicted Nov. 7 by a grand jury in Jackson County. The indictment charged that on Aug. 29, Stinde, acting in concert with another, killed Stief by hitting her on the head with a hammer, strangling and suffocating her.

Authorities began the investigation Aug. 30 when the burned remains of a human being were found in the 900 block of East Main Street in Carbondale, according to the release. Detectives discovered that the victim had recently associated with Stinde.

On Oct. 28, Stinde was arrested for her involvement in the concealment of the victim’s remains. She later confessed to detectives about her role in the murder and the concealment of the body.

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Janis Esch is a reporter covering higher education.

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