Bustamante Attorney Files to Have Conviction Overturned
JEFFERSON CITY - The attorney for a Missouri teen convicted of killing her nine-year-old neighbor filed paperwork Monday hoping to have her guilty plea overturned.
Alyssa Bustamante, 19, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2009 killing of Elizabeth Olten.
Bustamante testified in court Jan. 30 saying she wouldn't have pleaded guilty if she'd known about a U.S. Supreme Court decision involving juvenile murder defendants. Her attorney had 30 days to submit the request.
Bustamante, 15 years old at the time of the crime, lived in St. Martins, just west of Jefferson City. She was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole and was ordered to serve a 30-year term for armed criminal action. She was initially charged with first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence without the possibility of parole.