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Mo. Woman Asks Judge To Undo Plea In Child Slaying

A Missouri woman who as a teenager wrote that killing a young neighbor was an “ahmazing” thrill asked a judge on Thursday to overturn her guilty plea, saying she made it under the fear of spending a lifetime in prison.

01/30/2014

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Alyssa Bustamante’s Guilty Plea Appeal Delayed

The Cole County Circuit Court confirms that Bustamante’s attorney has been granted a continuance. No new date has been set.

11/14/2013

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Mom Of Slain Missouri Girl Sues Mental Health Provider

The wrongful death lawsuit by Patricia Preiss was filed against Pathways Behavioral Healthcare, two employees and 18-year-old Alyssa Bustamante.

10/30/2012

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Bustamante Entering Missouri’s Prison System

“If I could give my life to get her back I would. I’m sorry.”

02/10/2012

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Teen Killer’s Life was in Shambles

Abandoned by her mother and missing a father in prison, Alyssa Bustamante had plunged to the depths of depression.

02/07/2012

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UPDATE: Bustamante Pleads Guilty To Killing 9-Year-Old Girl

The Missouri teen told authorities that she strangled, cut and stabbed a 9-year-old neighbor because she wanted to know what it felt

01/10/2012

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Statement Blocked in Bustamante Trial

A juvenile officer used “deceptive tactics” in interview with teenager.

06/22/2011

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