ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Sentenced to life in prison for murdering her nine-year old neighbor, Alyssa Bustamante is now entering Missouri’s Prison system, her home for at least the next 33 years.

Since she is now 18 years-old, Bustamante is going through the same routine as all other adult new prisoners: being physically and mentally examined, and receiving the system rule book and other information at the women’s facility in Vandalia.

System spokesman Chris Cline says she is in segregation now, and testing will determine when she moves out and where she goes next.  Cline said,   “her case has a little more notoriety than other cases and obviously that’s something we take into consideration”

Cline adds; ” we have to determine what her needs will be, also how she will impact the safety and security of the institution she is being housed at.”

Cline says Bustamante will get some extra consideration, because of her age and the nature of her case.

On Wednesday shortly before her sentence was imposed, Alyssa Bustamante rose from her chair, turned to face the family of  Elizabeth Olten, whom she confessed to killing in October 2009 and apologized.

“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.”

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