Jackson County, IL woman indicted in 2017 murder of husband

Jackson Co., IL woman indicted for first-degree murder from a case in 2017
Updated: Jul. 12, 2018 at 1:09 PM CDT
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JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A woman has been indicted for first-degree murder from a case in 2017.

The Jackson County State's Attorney Michael C. Carr announced on July 12 the return of a five court Indictment in the death of Frank Stonemark, 76, of Desoto, Illinois.

Frank's wife, Carmen G. Stonemark, 54, of Desoto, was indicted by a Grand Jury for her husband's murder that happened on October 29, 2017. She is in custody at the Jackson County Jail with a $2.5 million bond.

Carmen is charged with the offense of first-degree murder and with the intent to promote or facilitate first-degree murder and knowingly soliciting James Michael Deese in first-degree murder.

On July 9, 2018, Deese pled guilty to killing Stonemark by strangling him and choking him on October 29. He is awaiting sentencing.

State's Attorney Carr said Carmen requested that James Michael commit the offense. She was also indicted for two counts of solicitation of murder, class X felonies, with the intent that first-degree murder is committed.

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The indictment also charges Carmen with concealment of a homicidal death, a class three felony, in that she or a person for whom she is legally responsible knowingly concealed the death of Frank with the knowledge that he died by homicide. Her indictment also includes concealment of death, a class four felony, in that she or someone she is legally responsible for knowingly moved her husband's dead body from the place of his death with the intent of concealing information.

If Carmen is convicted of first-degree murder the sentence is 20 to 60 years in prison. Probation will not be authorized and there is no early release available. Solicitation of Murder carries a maximum sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison for which probation is unavailable. Concealment of a homicidal death is a class three felony which carries two to five years imprisonment.  Concealment of one death is a class three felony which carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison.

This investigation is ongoing by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

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