Woman sentenced to 60 years for bingo slaying

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 6:12 a.m. CDT

EAST ST. LOUIS — A southwestern Illinois woman was sentenced to 60 years in prison for her role in the 2011 carjacking and slaying of a bingo-playing grandmother.

LaTosha Cunningham was sentenced Tuesday for first-degree murder in the death of 85-year-old Yoko Cullen.

The Belleville woman was convicted earlier this year.

Prosecutors say Cunningham and two other men were waiting for Cullen outside a Collinsville bingo hall, stopping the woman from driving away.

Authorities say Cullen was forced into her trunk and driven to East St. Louis, where her car was set on fire while she was inside. Her charred remains were found two days later.

Prosecutors say the trio targeted Cullen to steal her bingo winnings and a credit card.

DaQuan Barnes was also sentenced to 60 years for the attack last month.

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