“A Missouri teenager who told authorities she wanted to know what it felt like to kill on Tuesday pleaded guilty to murder, telling a judge that she strangled her 9-year-old neighbor with her hands and slashed her throat with a knife.
Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Oct. 21, 2009, killing of Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins, a rural town just west of Jefferson City.
At Tuesday’s hearing, Bustamante looked down, her long brown hair covering her eyes, as the judge read out the amended charges and asked her if she understood she was giving up her right to a trial. She replied, “yes.”
Judge Pat Joyce then asked Bustamante to describe what she did.
“I strangled her and stabbed her in the chest.” Bustamante said, looking straight at the judge.
“Did you cut her throat too?” the judge asked.
“Yes” Bustamante responded.
(Photo of Bustamante)
Bustamante, who will turn 18 on Jan. 28, told the judge that she knew what she was doing at the time.
Bustamante said she used a knife to cut Elizabeth’s throat and then strangled the girl with her hands. This confession prompted a sharp, audible intake of breath from Elizabeth’s tearful mother who sat in the courtroom just a few feet away.
(the victim, Elizabeth Olten)
Bustamante, who was 15-years-old at the time of the attack, had been charged with first-degree murder and was supposed to stand trial starting Jan. 30.
Instead, sentencing was set for Feb. 6.” ~NY Daily News
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