Alyssa Bustamonte who is charged with murder for stabbing, cutting and slitting the throat of her nine year old neighbor wrote in her diary the night of the killing that it was “amazing and pretty enjoyable”. She had to stop writing to go laughingly out to church.
Her journal was read in a court room in Missouri during the sentencing phase of Bustamonte’s trial. Bustamonte could get life with parole.
A handwriting expert testified that he was able to isolate what Bustamonte had written in her journal then tried to rub out with blue ink. He said the journal said,
“I just f—— killed someone. I strangled them and slit their throat and stabbed them now they’re dead. I don’t know how to feel atm. It was ahmazing. As soon as you get over the “ohmygawd I can’t do this” feeling, it’s pretty enjoyable. I’m kinda nervous and shaky though right now. Kay, I gotta go to church now…lol.”
Bustamante pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action last month and faces at most a sentence of life in prison with a chance for parole. The least she could get is 10 years. The victim’s mother pleaded with the judge to give Bustamonte the maximum.
Eli Patty Preiss, the victim’s mother, described her daughter as “happy, little girl,”, She had begged her mother to go next door to the Bustamonte’s house to play with Alyssa’s younger sister. She never returned.
“So much has been lost at the hands of this evil monster. Elizabeth was given a death sentence and we were given a life sentence.I hate her, I hate everything about her.”
Defense attorneys asked for leniency and said that Bustamonte had an awful childhood. there were numerous references in the journal where she talked about murder and suicide. One entry said she wanted to burn down a house with all the occupants inside.
“If I don’t talk about it, I bottle it up, and when I explode someone’s going to die,” She wrote
Do you think Bustamonte should get life in prison?