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“Ahmazing” (Not How You Should Describe Killing Someone)

Ahmazing…” This is how Missouri teenager, Alyssa Bustamante, self admittedly described in her journal how she felt after…wait for it…killing her nine-year-old neighbor by strangling, cutting her throat and stabbing. After being arrested, the then 15-year-old reportedly told police killed Elizabeth Olten because,

“…she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone…”

Her sentencing began yesterday.

The words written by now 18-year old Alyssa Bustamante were read aloud in court Monday. The sentencing hearing is to decide whether Bustamante should get life in prison or not.

Bustamante has plead guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action and at most could receive a sentence of life in prison with a chance for parole, (aka at least 10 years in prison) or something less. Elizabeth’s mother and other relatives are requesting that their Cole County Circuit Judge impose the max.

Initially Bustamante lied suggested to FBI and the Missouri State Highway Patrol officials that the her neighbor had most likely been kidnapped.

At one point, law enforcement officers discovered a hole in the ground in the shape of a shallow grave near Bustamante’s home. They testified that Bustamante acknowledged digging it but said she just liked to dig holes. It was only later that Elizabeth’s body was found concealed under leaves in another grave in the woods behind the Bustamante home.

Defense attorneys highlighted Bustamante’s troubled childhood as means for why she should receive leniency. Citing many references in her journal prior to the murder, describing her suicidal feelings, and at one point an intention to burn down a house and kill all the occupants.

Well at least she didn’t follow through on that one.. For more on this troubling case, and the impending verdict, read more here.

 

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About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.

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