When could Alyssa go free?
Thursday, February 9, 2012
After two long days of hearings, it took just 31⁄2 minutes for Alyssa Bustamante to apologize to Elizabeth Olten’s family for murdering Elizabeth 271⁄2 months ago, then hear Judge Patricia Joyce order her sentences.
On Wednesday, Joyce sentenced Bustamante to life in prison for her Jan. 10 guilty plea to second-degree murder, and to 30 years in prison for pleading guilty to the armed criminal action charge.
She also ordered that the charges be served consecutively — that is, the second sentence doesn’t start until the first one ends.
Because parole is possible on both charges, the numbers require more explanation, involving a little math.
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