Missouri teen killer sentenced to life

Associated Press
This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 by the Cole County sheriff's office shows Alyssa Bustamante. Bustamante, 18, who confessed to murdering a young neighbor girl, was described as a thrill killer by prosecutors and a mentally disturbed child by her defense attorneys as a judge heard arguments Tuesday on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or something less. (AP Photo/Cole County Sheriff's Office)

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A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Feb. 8 to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

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