Woman Sentenced For Carjacking, Burning Alive Elderly Woman
BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – A Belleville woman has been sentenced for her role in the carjacking and burning death of an 85-year-old woman who was attacked after leaving a bingo game.
LaTosha Cunningham reportedly fainted to the courtroom floor Tuesday after being sentenced to 60 years in prison for the killing of Yoko Cullen in May of 2011.
Prosecutors say Cunningham, DeMarcus Barnes, and DaQuan Barnes followed Cullen as she left the Collinsville Fireman’s Hall, carjacked her, and put her in the trunk of her car.
The brothers and Cunningham attacked Cullen with tire irons in an attempt to get her to tell them the PIN number on her ATM card.
The trio later bought gas and set the car on fire with Cullen in the trunk.
DNA was used to identify the great-grandmother’s body. She died of severe burns and smoke inhalation.
The 60-year sentence handed down Tuesday was the maximum sentence. Cunningham, who is 37, would be eligible for parole at the age of 97.
Cunningham had previously been sentenced to 18 years in prison for robbing and shooting a 61-year-old woman who was giving her a ride home in 1993.
DeQuan Barnes, 21, has also been sentenced to 60 years in prison. His brother DeMarcus, 30, has been found mentally unfit to stand trial.