Convicted killer pleads guilty to Minnesota husband murder


This undated photo provided by the Steele County, Minn., Jail shows Lois Riess. Riess a Minnesota woman who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in Florida so she could assume her identity has been returned to her home state to face trial on allegations that she killed her husband in 2018. Lois Riess is being held at the Steele County Detention Center in Owatonna, Minn., on charges of first- and second-degree murder. She’s accused of fatally shooting David Riess at their home in Blooming Prairie in March 2018. (Steele County Jail via AP)

KASSON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who earlier pleaded guilty to killing a woman in Florida has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty to killing her husband before going on the run.

KAAL-TV reports 58-year-old Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the March 2018 shooting death of her husband, David Riess, at their southern Minnesota home.

Lois Riess was returned to Minnesota last month after pleading guilty to killing Pamela Hutchinson in Florida.

Authorities alleged Riess targeted Hutchinson because they looked alike and Riess intended to steal her identity.

She received a life sentence in December after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in Hutchinson’s death.

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