A teenage murderer who made national headlines after the homicide of a 9-year-old girl in Jefferson City, has been sentenced to life in prison and will serve out her term at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center in Vandalia.
Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce sentenced Alyssa Bustamante, age 18, with the maximum sentence of second degree murder with a possibility of parole.
She was also ordered to serve a consecutive 30 year term for armed criminal action before being transported to Vandalia.
The conclusion of the case came three years after Bustamante, who was then 15 years old, murdered 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins, Mo., located west of Jefferson City.
According to details of the case, Bustamante dug a shallow grave in advance of the crime and used her sister to lure Elizabeth from her home with an invitation to play.
Bustamante, who was the daughter of drug-abusing teenaged parents, then killed her in the woods with a knife from her backpack.
She originally was charged with first degree murder before pleading guilty to a lesser charge last month. During the time of the murder, Bustamante eventually led police to a shallow grave where she had concealed the 9-year-old under some leaves in the woods behind her neighborhood.
The story regained national attention recently when Bustamante’s diary became public record in the court case. In it she gave horrific details of the crime and said it was “ahmazing.”