Last week, DaQuan Barnes, 21, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the grisly death of 85-year-old Yoko Cullen.
On May 20, 2011, Barnes along with two accomplices, LaTosha Cunningham, 39, and DeMarcus Barnes, 30, waited outside a Collinsville bingo hall to attack Cullen, according to police.
Once outside, the grandmother was beaten with tire irons and shoved into the trunk of her 2008 Mazda and driven to East St. Louis, where her car was set on fire.
Barnes admitted to police that they obtained Cullen's ATM card and PIN number. His share from the robbery was $130.
An autopsy confirmed that Cullen was alive when the car was set ablaze, and suffered an horrific death.
The Riverfront Times reported:
Police say that Cunningham knew that Cullen, of Belleville, was a regular at bingo games and plotted the crime.
Under the terms of the pleas agreement, Barnes will receive a 60-year prison sentence instead of life in prison.
Cunningham and Barnes have yet to be tried. Both are currently being held at the St. Clair County Jail on $3 million bail.
Cunningham is no stranger to trouble...
The Belleville News-Democrat reported:
In 1993, a jury convicted Cunningham of shooting a woman, then 61-years old, in the chest after robbing her of $205. The victim, a retired Landshire employee, was giving Cunningham a ride when she testified Cunningham demanded her purse then shot her. Cunningham claimed that it was a case of mistaken identity. The victim picked her out of a lineup twice.
Cunningham's next court appearance is scheduled for November 19.