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Woman accused of 2016 murder, body burning in Carbondale pleads guilty

Woman accused of 2016 murder, body burning in Carbondale pleads guilty


The Collinsville woman accused of killing and burning the body of a Salem woman in 2016 in Carbondale has pleaded guilty to charges and been sentenced.

According to a news release from Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr’s Office, Tiesha D. Anderson, 25, was sentenced for first-degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death. Anderson was sentenced to 35 years in state prison on the murder charge, of which she must serve 100%, and a concurrent sentence of five years for the concealment charge, of which she has to serve 50%. She will also serve four years of mandatory supervised release.

In August 2016, police were dispatched to a fire in a wooded area located in the 900 Block of East Main Street in Carbondale after firefighters discovered the burned remains of a human being, according to the news release.

An investigation revealed that the body was that of Robin L. Stief, age 39, of Salem, who had been reported missing. This led to the arrest of Anderson, as well as Lauren Stinde and Robert J. Dennis.

According to Carr’s news release, evidence revealed that Stief was hit in the head with a hammer, strangled with a belt and suffocated with a pillow before she died at an apartment located on South Marion in Carbondale. It also says that after she died, her body was placed into a large trash can and wheeled from the apartment to a location on East Main Street where it was set on fire to prevent the discovery of her murder.

Stinde has previously agreed to cooperate and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and awaits sentencing, while Dennis has pleaded not guilty and awaits a jury trial.


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