Illinois woman pleads guilty to convincing boyfriend to kill husband, helping hide the body

JACKSON COUNTY, IL — A woman accused of persuading her lover to kill her husband and helping to get rid of the body has pleaded guilty in southern Illinois.

Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr says 55-year-old Carmen Stonemark pleaded guilty Friday to solicitation to commit murder and concealment of a homicidal death.

Carr says Stonemark convinced her lover, James Deese, to kill her husband, Frank Stonemark. Carr says she then helped Deese cut up Frank’s body with a chainsaw and burn the remains.

The state’s attorney says Stonemark told the police she had been in an argument with her husband and that he got mad and left home — but Carr says that was a lie.

The court sentenced Stonemark to serve a total of 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections: 17 years for solicitation to commit murder and three years for concealment of a homicidal death.

The state’s attorney says she will have to serve 85% of her 17-year sentence and 50% of her three-year sentence. Carr says after she is released, she will have to serve four years of mandatory supervised release. She has been ordered to start her sentence immediately.

James Deese is set to be sentenced on Aug. 9.