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Woman sentenced to life in prison for killing look-a-like

5 months 1 week 6 days ago Tuesday, December 17 2019 Dec 17, 2019 December 17, 2019 11:10 AM December 17, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By TAMARA LUSH
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Minnesota woman has pleaded guilty to killing a Florida woman who prosecutors said was targeted because the two looked alike. Officials say 57-year-old Lois Riess will serve a life sentence in prison for the first-degree murder of Pamela Hutchinson. Officials say Riess targeted Hutchinson because they shared similar features, and because Riess wanted to assume Hutchinson’s identity. Riess garnered national news attention as the “fugitive grandma” when she led authorities on a cross-country manhunt before she was captured in April 2018 in Texas. Riess’ saga began the month before, when her husband was found dead at the couple’s Minnesota home.

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