COLE COUNTY - The lawyer representing the Elizabeth Olten family released a statement to the public after Alyssa Bustamante was sentenced for killing the 9-year-old in 2009. Lawyer Matthew Diehr released this statement:
It has been an emotionally charged time for Elizabeth's family, and they ask for the media to respect their privacy as they continue to grieve. The family would like to thank Sheriff Greg White for his hard work, and they would also like to thank the community for their prayers and continued support. The sentencing process was extremely difficult for the family, as no sentence can adequately punish this heinous crime. The family hopes that in the media attention surrounding this murder, proper focus is placed on Elizabeth's life, her hopes and dreams. On October 21, 2009, the world lost an innocent little girl who hoped to be a teacher and a veterinarian.
Alyssa Bustamante was 15-years-old when she murdered Olten. She plead guilty for second degree murder and armed criminal action. Cole County Judge Patricia Joyce sentenced Bustamante to life in prison for murder and 30 consecutive years for armed criminal action.