Alyssa Bustamante, an 18 year old from Missouri who confessed to killing her 9 year old neighbor in 2009, received a life sentence for the horrific act which she previously described as an "ahmazing thrill." According to the Associated Press, the convicted teen made an emotional apology to the victim's family moments before being sentenced.
“I really am extremely, very sorry for everything. I know words,” she said, pausing to take a deep breath and struggling to compose herself, “can never be enough, and they can never adequately describe how horribly I feel for all of this.”
She later added: “If I could give my life to get her back I would. I’m sorry.”
Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce then sentenced Bustamante to the maximum possible sentence for second-degree murder — life in prison with the possibility of parole. She ordered the teenager to serve a consecutive 30-year term for armed criminal action, a charge resulting from her use of a knife to slit the throat and stab Elizabeth after she had strangled her into unconsciousness.
Alyssa was 15 at the time she murdered Elizabeth Olten. Evidence presented during her hearing revealed that Bustamante had dug a shallow grave in the woods several days in advance, then used her younger sister to lure Elizabeth out of her home with an invitation to play. Bustamante, who had hidden a knife in a backpack, said she had a surprise for Elizabeth in the forest. Bustamante wrote in her diary, which was read in court by a handwriting expert. “I don’t know how to feel atm. It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the ‘ohmygawd I can’t do this’ feeling, it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now…lol.” Psycho much?
Defenses attorneys had argued for leniency after presenting evidence from family members and mental health experts about Bustamante’s troubled childhood. Bustamante was born to teenage, drug-abusing parents; her father was imprisoned and her mother abandoned her, leaving her in the legal custody of her grandmother.
Charlie Moreland, one of Bustamante’s attorneys, described the sentence imposed Wednesday as “a harsh punishment.”
“This was a child who had been spiraling out of control, but has treatable conditions,” Moreland said.
Well, mentally unstable is an understatement here. Its funny how they always want to bring mental issues into cases like these, and I believe that whether or not these murderers have psychological problems in their history or not, they’re still crazy to go out and kill someone. I think that Alyssa’s punishment is just. That’s just my opinion though.
What do you think?