Wall Pleads Guilty to Home Invasion
Murder Charges Apparently Dropped
Eric Lambert with Jeff Egbert Pinckneyville Press
Dakota Wall appeared with her attorney, James Stern on Tuesday in the Perry County Courthouse to enter a plea of guilty on the amended information filed that day. In the amended information, obtained by the Pinckneyville Press, court documents show, Wall pled guilty to home invasion (accountability); “In that said defendant on or about July 18 or July 19, 2010, not a peace officer acting in the line of duty, knowingly, and without authority entered the dwelling place of Sidnee Stephens, located at 401 West Water Street Rear, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, knowing or having reason to know Sidnee Stephens to be present within that dwelling place and intentionally caused injury to Sidnee Stephens, in that Sidnee Stephens was choked.”
Home Invasion is a Class X felony with a mandatory prison sentence range of six to thirty years and a possible fine of up to $25,000.00 Wall will be eligible for day for day credit toward whatever sentence Judge James Campanella imposes.
The court admonished the defendant as to the new charge and consequences of a plea. On the plea, the court found the defendant guilty.
It is hereby ordered as follows: the defendant’s bail is revoked and shall not have a post conviction bail. The probation department shall complete a PSI (Pre-sentence investigation) before the sentencing hearing. A sentence hearing is set for May 21 at 9:00 a.m.
Wall had been scheduled to appear on Thursday for a motion to suppress hearing. However, Wall apparently appeared two days early in the plea deal worked out between her attorney and Perry County States Attorney David Stanton. When questioned by Press Publisher Jeff Egbert as to why the media had not been alerted about Tuesday’s court proceeding in the nearly four year old murder case, Stanton expressed that the Press was asking him to do something that he has never done the entire time he’s been States Attorney.
Wall had been previously charged in her half-sister, Sidnee Stephens’ death. The charges against Wall included: first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, two counts of home invasion, residential burglary and kidnapping (all accountability).