Carbondale woman pleads guilty to murder, charges upgraded for accomplices

Lauren L. Stinde. (Carbondale police)

Lauren L. Stinde. (Carbondale police)

By Daily Egyptian staff

A Carbondale woman pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of first degree murder for her involvement in an August killing, and two of her alleged accomplices now face similar charges, according to the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s office.

Lauren L. Stinde, 23, was arrested in October on charges related to the killing of Robin Stief, whose burned remains were found in a metal trash can Aug. 30 in the 900 block of East Main near Piles Fork Creek in Carbondale.

Stinde’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1.


Court documents filed by the state’s attorney allege Stinde bludgeoned Stief with a hammer before suffocating her to death. Stinde could be sentenced to 20 to 60 years in prison under Illinois statutes.

Additionally, first degree murder charges were filed against alleged accomplices Tiesha Anderson and Robert Dennis. Anderson and Dennis were initially arrested on charges of concealing a homicidal death.

Separate trials for those defendants are scheduled to resume Dec. 20.

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