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Lombard woman gets 26 years in mother’s strangulation death

LOMBARD, Ill.  — Prosecutors say a suburban Chicago woman has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for her mother’s strangulation death last year.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin says 29-year-old Stephanie DeFalco of Lombard appeared in court Friday, when a judge handed down the sentence. DeFalco pleaded guilty in April to one count of first-degree murder in the death of 61-year-old Judith DeFalco.

DeFalco has been in custody on $3 million bond since her mother’s death March 20, 2018. Prosecutors say she will be required to serve all of her sentence.

Authorities say DeFalco and her mother had an argument that became physical when DeFalco strangled her mother to death. Prosecutors say after DeFalco killed her mother she stole money, a cellphone and jewelry and fled. She was arrested the next day.

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