Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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July 7, 2014

Burr pleads guilty to second-degree murder

EFFINGHAM — The rural Dieterich woman accused of killing her on-and-off boyfriend during a fit of rage has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and, as a result, will be in prison past her 70th birthday.

Christine Burr, 58, made the plea during a Monday morning appearance in Effingham County Circuit Court.

With her guilty plea, Burr admitted stabbing Joseph Delaney to death sometime in July 2011. Burr also pleaded guilty to concealment of a homicidal death in connection with the disposal of Delaney's body. A hiker found Delaney's remains less than a year later in Embarras River bottomland near Newton.

Judge Kimberly Koester accepted the plea, as well as the maximum sentence on each count — 20 years on the second-degree murder charge and five years on the concealment charge. Burr will serve those sentences consecutively. Burr was originally charged with first-degree murder.

With day-for-day credit, Burr will likely be confined for another 12-plus years. She did receive credit for time served in Effingham County Jail since Dec. 16, 2013.

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