The 9-year-old girl was strangled, sliced at the throat, and stabbed in the chest for the enjoyment of her 15-year-old neighbor.
On Tuesday, January 10, Alyssa Bustamante, now 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action of her neighbor, Elizabeth Olten.
The original murder took place on Oct. 21, 2009 in St. Martins, Mo., and at a hearing that same year, prosecutors said that Bustamante plotted the death of her younger neighbor and waited days for the perfect time to act. Bustamante dug two holes as graves, and then a week later strangled, sliced, and stabbed Elizabeth without any reason other than her desire to know what it would be like to kill someone.
Her plea to second-degree murder will cause her to face between 10-30 years to up to life in prison, and her charge for armed criminal action will be 3 years up to life.The actual sentence has not yet been decided and the sentence hearing is currently set for Feb. 6.