Belleville Man Sentenced to 60 Years in Killing of 85-Year-Old

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to 60 years in state prison for his role in the 2011 carjacking and slaying of a bingo-playing grandmother.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that a St. Clair County judge sentenced 21-year-old DaQuan Barnes of Belleville on Friday in the death of 85-year-old Yoko Cullen.

A co-defendant, 39-year-old LaTosha Cunningham, was found guilty last month of first-degree murder and awaits sentencing.

Authorities allege Barnes, Cunningham and another man waited for Cullen outside a Collinsville bingo hall where one of them knew she played, then stopped her from driving away.

Authorities say Cullen was forced into her trunk and driven to East St. Louis, where her car was set on fire while she was inside.

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