January 15, 2012
There are other sides to Alyssa Bustamante than the girl in the green jumpsuit, such as the smiling girl in Facebook photos (above), her public defenders say. They will attempt to show the other facets of her life at her sentencing hearing Feb. 6-7.
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Background, mental health, circumstances will most likely be taken into account by judge
Alyssa Bustamante, who turns 18 on Jan. 28, faces a certain future in prison, because her plea last week to second-degree murder — for the Oct. 21, 2009, killing of Elizabeth Olten, 9 — requires Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce to order at least a 10-year sentence.