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The Unintended Victim Emma Wallace ( RIP )John Stith gets 28 years for Second Degree Murder

HAZELWOOD–A Jennings man has been sentenced to 28 years behind bars after pleading guilty in the 2016 murder of a woman shot while riding in a Jeep on 270. John Stith, 22, of the 7100 block of Dawson Place, reached a plea deal with prosecutors in the Feb. 21, 2016, shooting death of Emma Wallace. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and nine other counts and was sentenced by St. Louis County Circuit Judge David Vincent III. Stith originally was charged with first-degree murder. Two others — Jerrod Corley, 26, of Riverview, and Leroy

Coleman, 22, of Beverly Hills — was sentenced in December to terms of life in prison without parole for first-degree murder after being found guilty by a jury in October. A fourth man, Tony Bailey, 23, pleaded guilty in September to a reduced charge of second-degree murder. His sentencing is set for Feb. 9. Wallace was riding in the Jeep with three other people, all of whom were wounded. She was an unintended victim of a beef between Coleman and one of the men in the Jeep over the death of Coleman’s cousin. The four savages, in a Mercedes-Benz taken in an earlier carjacking, followed the Jeep from Jay’s Classic Bar & Grill in Hazelwood. Three gunmen inside the Mercedes pumped at least nine slugs into the Jeep, killing Wallace and wounding the others. Relatives of Wallace, of Centralia, Ill., have said she worked at a McDonald’s restaurant in Nashville, Ill., and as a hairdresser for funeral homes. She was the mother of two sons, ages 11 and 16 

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