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September 17, 2019

9/6/2019 11:30:00 AM
Phillippe gets 18 years for aiding in mother's death
A rural Oblong woman has been sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in connection with her mother's murder.

Kristine Phillippe, 41, was sentenced Wednesday in Crawford County Circuit Court on an amended charge of home invasion in connection with the the 2018 shooting death of Sandra Kendall of Bellair.

According to court records, Phillippe and Jason J. Strawbridge, 46, North Carolina, entered Kendall's home without permission July 24, 2018, and had a confrontation with the older woman. Phillippe reported struck Kendall, who had taken out an order of protection against her earlier that day.

During the confrontation, Strawbridge reportedly shot Kendall in the head, killing her. He and Phillippe were arrested later that night.

Phillippe pleaded guilty to the charge as part of a plea agreement July 17. In return, other charges, including murder, reckless discharge of a firearm and violation of an order of protection, were dismissed.

After two hours of testimony by expert witnesses in the case and emotional testimony by Phillipe, Judge Chris Weber handed down the sentence. Weber said the combination of mitigating factors did not outweigh the aggravating factors that resulted in the death of Kendall. While evidence proves that Phillippe did not hold the gun that killed her mother, her presence in the home led to her death, explained Weber.

Home invasion is a Class X felony, punishable by six to 30 years in prison, a fine up to $25,000 and three years of mandatory supervised release. Crawford County State's Attorney Matthew Hartrich agreed to a cap of 20 years on the prison term.

As Phillippe has no income, fines associated with the crime were waived. She is eligible for 50 percent time for good behavior and time served will be applied to the sentence.

Strawbridge pleaded guilty to first-degree murder July 3 and was sentenced last week to 45 years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, he is required to serve 100 percent of the sentence.

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