Sentencing begins today for Alyssa Bustamante

6:00 AM, Feb 6, 2012   |    comments
Alyssa Bustamante
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri teenager who pleaded guilty to killing a young neighbor girl will be back in court for a hearing on how long she should be imprisoned.

Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the October 2009 stabbing and strangling of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in a small town just west of Jefferson City. Bustamante, who was 15 at the time of the crime, now is 18 and faces a term in an adult prison.

The minimum sentence for second-degree murder is 10 years. The maximum is life in prison with the possibility of parole.

The prosecutor and Bustamante's attorneys each will be making arguments during a sentencing hearing that begins Monday in Cole County Circuit Court.

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