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Contact: Joseph A. Cervantez, Jackson County State’s Attorney
Date: December 18, 2023


Joseph A. Cervantez, Jackson County State’s Attorney, announced today that Alexis N. Stallman, age 41, of Murphysboro, was sentenced to 50-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Stallman pleaded guilty in 2023 to first-degree murder of Edward A. Stallman.

On July 20, 2022, Alexis N. Stallman was taken into custody and charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated domestic battery in the death of Edward A. Stallman.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded at approximately 10:49 A.M. on Wednesday, July 2022, 2022, to reports of a crash at an Illinois Department of Transportation work zone located at the intersection of Highway 127 and Ava Road in Murphysboro. Edward A. Stallman was rushed to the emergency room but appeared to have sustained a “puncture wound to his chest” that was not consistent with a vehicular crash injury. Edward A. Stallman was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the facility.

Witnesses revealed that Alexis N. Stallman came to the IDOT work site and reportedly became engaged in a verbal altercation with Edward A. Stallman just prior to the crash. Alexis N. Stallman’s vehicle was still on the scene when detectives discovered a bloodied kitchen knife in her purse on the front passenger floorboard. Cervantez explained that DNA analysis revealed that the blood was that of Edward A. Stallman.

“The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, from deputies to detectives, did everything right in this investigation” Cervantez said. “The Sheriff’s Office’s experience and dedication to this investigation allowed me to do my job and prosecute this senseless crime. Our sympathy goes out to the victim’s family and friends.”

A sentencing hearing was held on January 17, 2024, where arguments were made by Cervantez. The court ultimately sentenced Alexis N. Stallman to a total of 50-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, where she will serve 100% of the sentence. The investigation was led by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Illinois State Police, and prosecuted by Jackson County State’s Attorney Joseph A. Cervantez.

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