INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri woman has admitted helping plan her husband's murder with her lover, who was also her church pastor.
Teresa Stone, 40, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit murder in the March 2010 shooting death of Randy Stone of Independence. Stone entered the plea with the understanding that her maximum sentence would be 10 years, officials said.
Teresa Stone remains free on bond while awaiting sentencing, which Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Marco Roldan scheduled for June 15.
Prosecutors accused Stone of conspiring with her minister, David Love, who is serving a life prison sentence after admitting he shot Randy Stone to death. Love pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Love once was the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Independence and delivered part of Randy Stone's eulogy. He moved to South Carolina not long after Stone's death and was arrested there in November 2010 after a Jackson County grand jury indicted him on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
During the proceeding Monday in Jackson County Court, Teresa Stone didn't offer any explanations for the slaying but grew emotional when she admitted, while answering questions from her lawyer, that she helped plan her husband's murder.
Randy Stone's mother, Clara Koehler, said later that watching Stone admit her role was difficult.
"It was hard, a whole lot harder than it was with David (Love), but that's probably because Teresa was my daughter-in-law," she said.