A young Missouri woman who confessed to killing a 9 year old neighbor girl, when she herself was a juvenile, wants a judge to set aside her guilty plea. Alyssa Bustamante was 15 year old in the 2009 when Elizabeth Olten was killed.
The Missouri teen had pleaded guilty in 2012 to second degree murder and given a life sentence with the chance for parole. A first-degree murder conviction would have meant a mandatory life sentence without parole.
The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that juveniles can't face mandatory life sentences, so Bustamante wants to change her plea. She's expected to tell a judge Thursday that she wouldn't have pleaded guilty without the threat of mandatory life imprisonment.