Ill. Teen gets 45 Years for Role in 2011 Killing
MARION, Ill. (AP)--A southern Illinois teenager has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in a 2011 shooting death.

A Williamson County judge found 17-year-old Joshua Dallacosta guilty after the teenager opted against a jury trial and let the judge decide the case.

Dallacosta was 15 when he was arrested in the killing of 73 year old Charles James of Herrin, but was tried as an adult. James' girlfriend was shot in the head but survived.

Dallacosta's mother, Kate Bodie, later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and is serving a 50-year sentence.

James' daughter, Cindy Stearns, has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial.

Dallacosta's sentence includes 20 years for murder and 25 years for committing the slaying with a firearm. The terms are consecutive.
09 10 13 by Newsroom
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