DuPage County

Lombard Woman Pleads Guilty to Strangling Mother to Death

The woman faces a maximum of 30 years in prison after the guilty plea

A Lombard woman has pleaded guilty to strangling her mother to death during an argument at their home, according to prosecutors.

Stephanie DeFalco, 29, was in court on Wednesday morning as she entered a guilty plea for one count of First Degree Murder in the death of her mother.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors will recommend a maximum sentence of thirty years in prison, according to a press release from the DuPage County States Attorney.

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Police say that officers responded to a call in the 100 block of Grace Street on March 20, 2018. When they arrived, they found the victim, 61-year-old Judith DeFalco, dead in her bedroom. An investigation revealed that Judith’s daughter Stephanie had been home with her at the time of her death, and determined that an argument between the two had escalated into physical violence, with the 29-year-old strangling her mother to death.

Stephanie then stole her mother’s phone, jewelry, and a car, according to prosecutors. She was arrested the following day.

DeFalco will next appear in court on May 17, according to prosecutors.

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