Alyssa Bustamante: 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten’s murderer

Alyssa Bustamante is a criminal who brutally murder Elizabeth Olten a 9-year-old girl in St. Martins, Missouri on October 21, 2009. She first appeared in court on November 17, 2009 where she pled not guilty and was indicted on first-degree murder and armed criminal action. In 2024, she is granted conditional release and will have a consecutive sentence of 30 years in prison. This makes her earliest probable release in 2054, when she will be 60 years old.

Who happened with Elizabeth Olten?

Elizabeth Olten, a nine-year-old girl who was tragically murdered on October 21, 2009, in St. Martins, Missouri, by Alyssa Dailene Bustamante another youngster of 15 years old. Bustamante stabbed and strangled Elizabeth with a knife to carry out the horrific deed. Bustamante lured Elizabeth into the woods before strangling and stabbing her to death.

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Elizabeth Olten age

How old is Elizabeth Olten? She was born on 28 January 1994 (age 29 years), California, United States. Her parents are Ceaser Bustamante and Michelle Bustamante. She has a sibling named, Emma Bustamante.

Why Alyssa mudered Elizabeth?

Bustamante murdered Olten simply due to homicidal ideation and to see what it was like to kill someone. She persuaded her younger sister to take Olten to the nearby woodland on October 21, 2009, so they could hang out there.

Bustamante stabbed Olten eight times in the chest, slashed her throat, and strangled her. She buried Olten’s body in a leaf-covered grave she had excavated in the woods behind her home five days prior. After the murder, Bustamante wrote in her journal,

“I just fucking killed someone. I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they’re dead. I don’t know how to feel atm. It was amazing. As soon as you get over the “oh my god, I can’t do this” feeling, it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now lol.”

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Alyssa Bustamante trial and conviction

On November 17, 2009, Bustamante first appeared in court where she pled not guilty and was indicted on first-degree murder. She took a plea deal to the lesser charges of second-degree murder, in Jan 2012. She received two sentences: one for armed criminal action, 30 years in prison, and life in prison with the possibility of conditional release for the murder.

In March 2014, her appeal against the sentence was denied. Patricia Preiss, the mother of the victim agreed to a settlement of her lawsuit against Bustamante. After seeing multiple mental health specialists, Alyssa was diagnosed with major depressive illness and borderline personality disorder.

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