'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
'Ahmazing' Teen Killer Sentenced to Life
This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 by the Cole County sheriff's office shows Alyssa Bustamante.   (AP Photo/Cole County Sheriff's Office)

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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