'Ahmazing' Teen Killer Sentenced to Life
Alyssa Bustamante tells Elizabeth Olten's family: I'm so sorry
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2012 9:34 AM CST
This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 by the Cole County sheriff's office shows Alyssa Bustamante.   (AP Photo/Cole County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A Missouri teen who pleaded guilty to murdering a 9-year-old girl in a killing she described in her journal as "ahmazing" has been sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, the News Tribune reports. Alyssa Bustamante, 18, made a statement before the sentence was handed down, telling the family of Elizabeth Olten, "If I could give my life to bring her back, I would. I just want to say I'm sorry for what happened. I'm so sorry." Bustamante also received 30 years on the count of armed criminal action, notes the Tribune; the sentences will run consecutively.

Bustamante was 15 when she confessed to strangling Olten, stabbing her in the chest repeatedly, and slitting her throat. She led police to the shallow grave in the woods where she had concealed the body under leaves. (Click to read about the role Prozac may have played in the killing, according to a doctor.)

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Feb 9, 2012 12:52 PM CST
Well I think she will become Prozac poster child. FDA and pharmaceutical companies need more money!
Feb 8, 2012 10:53 PM CST
I'd suggest the other female prisoners in her cell block not turn their backs on her and to keep all sissors and sharp objects away from this bitch.
Feb 8, 2012 4:44 PM CST
I never implied mental health was black and white, simply stating this specific girl is indeed without a shadow of a doubt a psychopath and psychopaths are considered incurable by the medical world. "It has been shown that punishment and behavior modification techniques do not improve the behavior of a psychopath. Psychopathic individuals have been regularly observed to become more cunning and better able to hide their behaviour. It has been suggested by them traditional therapeutic approaches actually make psychopaths if not worse, then far more adept at manipulating others and concealing their behavior. They are generally considered to be not only incurable but also untreatable.