January 11, 2012
Elizabeth Olten’s mother, Patty Preiss, in dark wind breaker center, leaves the Cole County Courthouse with supporters after Alyssa Bustamante entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder Tuesday morning. In October 2009, 9-year-old Elizabeth was found murdered near her St. Martins home.
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Alyssa Bustamante was in court barely 30 minutes Tuesday morning, when she told Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce she was guilty of second-degree murder for killing Elizabeth Olten on Oct. 21, 2009.