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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – A Missouri teen who admitted to strangling and stabbing her 9-year-old neighbor is appealing her murder plea.  The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce will hear arguments to set aside Bustamante’s conviction and sentences on Friday.

Alyssa Bustamante is sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years almost two years ago.  She was 15-years-old at the when the murder was committed on Oct. 21, 2009 and was tried as an adult.

A state Highway Patrol officer testified that Bustamante confessed to strangling her neighbor Elizabeth Olten because she, “wanted to know what it felt like.” A judge blocked part of Bustamante’s statement from being used at her trial.

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