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Judge Sentences Teen 'Thrill Killer'

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri teenager is about to find out her sentence for murdering a young neighbor girl.

Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Bustamante faces the possibility of life in prison when she's sentenced Wednesday morning for the 2009 slaying of 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten.
Bustamante was 15 at the time of the murder and confessed to killing Elizabeth by choking her, slashing her throat and repeatedly stabbing her. In a diary entry after the murder that was
read in court Bustamante described being exhilarated by the crime, calling it "pretty enjoyable."

Prosecutors argued for the life sentence, describing Bustamante as a thrill killer who lacked remorse. Defense attorneys said she was a disturbed teen and noted a family history of drug abuse, mental disorders and suicide attempts.

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