Alyssa Bustamante sentenced to life in prison

Alyssa Bustamante, killer of nine-year-old, Elizabeth Olten, received life in prison

WRITTEN BY: Jalesa Hall
Elizabeth Olten memorial bench
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Elizabeth Olten memorial bench

Alyssa Bustamante, 18, has pled guilty to second-degree murder for the October 2009 killing of Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins, Missouri. Bustamante was sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole.

The Missouri teenager strangled and stabbed the nine-year-old because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone.

Bustamante was 15-years-old when she confessed, she led the police to the shallow grave that she had created in the woods behind their neighborhood.

This story had drawn national attention because of Bustamante’s journal entries that said, “I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they’re dead. I don’t know how to feel atm. It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the ‘ohmygawd I can’t do this’ feelings, it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now…lol.”

After writing this entry, Bustamante attended a youth dance at her church, while the community began a search for Elizabeth.

Bustamante said in front of Elizabeth’s mother and siblings, “If I could give my life to get her back I would. I’m sorry.”

Her attorneys have argued from a less harsh sentence due to the teenager’s use of the antidepressant Prozac. 

The families from both parties have declined to comment.

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