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Family Upset by Killer’s Plea Agreement

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Alyssa Bustamante

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO.(AP)-Relatives of the Jefferson City-area girl killed by her teen neighbor say they are disappointed by a plea agreement that could allow her confessed killer to be released from prison someday. An attorney for the mother of Elizabeth Olten says the family does not believe justice was fully served today when Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

Bustamante originally had been charged with first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison without parole. She pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree murder, which is punishable by 10-to-30 years in prison or life with the possibility of parole. A sentencing hearing is set for Feb. 6.

Attorney Matt Diehr  says Elizabeth’s mother and other relatives plan to “continue to seek justice” by any legal means available.   Bustamante, who was 15 at the time, admitted that she killed Elizabeth because she wanted to know what it felt like to kill someone.

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