STILLWATER - Stillwater teen-ager Cindy Sue Wynn
was sobbing in court here Wednesday as she was sentenced
to 10 years in prison for helping her best friend, Francine
Marie Stepp, plan the killing of Miss Stepp's parents.
Miss Wynn, now 19, initially appeared calm as she stood
with her hands in her pockets before District Judge Donald
Worthington, but broke down as the sentence recommended
by District Attorney Paul Anderson was pronounced.
She could have received up to 30 years in prison.
Miss Wynn was originally charged with Miss Stepp, then 18,
with first-degree murder in the June 8 slayings of Mark
and Delores Stepp at their Stillwater residence.
That charge against Miss Wynn, however, was dropped by Anderson,
who said he was unsure he could prove it. Instead he accused
her of conspiring with Miss Stepp to commit the murder and
being an accessory after the fact.
Miss Stepp's parents were slain in their bedroom shortly
after the family returned home last summer from a trip to
a nudist camp in the Hutchinson, Kan., area, police said.
Photos of Miss Stepp and her mother in the nude were recovered
from the family home the day of the murder, police said.
Her father, a 39-year-old technician for Oklahoma Gas & Electric
Co., was shot once and stabbed eight times. His wife, a
40-year-old accountant at Oklahoma State University, was
stabbed 18 times, police said.
Miss Stepp - an award-winning Girl Scout at Stillwater High
School who dropped out of OSU less than two months before
her parents were slain - pleaded guilty to the killings
and was sentenced to life in prison last fall.
Miss Wynn - an unemployed waitress who never graduated from
high school, but lacked only a few credits - admitted she
kicked in the door to the bedroom where the Stepps were
slain and helped Miss Stepp dispose of the gun.
According to Miss Stepp's confession, the two teen-agers
also talked about killing Miss Wynn's parents who lived
next door to the Stepps, Stillwater police Lt. Ron Thrasher
Police said the Stepps were murdered because they disapproved
of their daughter's friendship with Miss Wynn, who moved
out of her parents home at age 17 and was involved in interracial