Skip to main content
Publish date:

Lois Riess gets life without parole for murdering her husband in Blooming Prairie

The 58-year-old sparked a nationwide manhunt in 2018.
Screen Shot 2020-08-12 at 1.30.49 PM

Lois Riess has pleaded guilty to the 2018 murder of her husband David, which sparked a nationwide manhunt during which she killed another woman, and has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The 58-year-old admitted on Tuesday to killing her husband at their home in Blooming Prairie, having originally pleaded not guilty in his death.

Riess has already been convicted and received a life sentence for the killing of Pamela Hutchinson in Florida, whom she befriended and stole the identity of while on the run after killing her husband.

According to an ABC 6 News, on March 11, 2018, Riess was upset because David wanted to leave their grandson's basketball game in Wisconsin. The two continued to fight on the way home and in their bedroom.

David reportedly handed her a firearm and told her to "kill yourself." She then took the gun and shot him.

According to the Grand Forks Herald, Riess told Assistant Attorney General Mathew Frank that she was not angry with David during those last interactions. 

“He was very upset, so we were both upset,” she said.

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Reiss admitted to a judge and court gallery on Tuesday that she had killed her husband, more than two years after the crime. 

"What I did was an unpardonable crime," Riess said. "Solitude is forever. I feel I deserve this. I will have no reprieve."

Riess also pleaded guilty in December to first-degree murder for killing Hutchinson and was sentenced to life in prison. 

The hearing was moved from  the Dodge County Courthouse in Mantorville,  to the auditorium at Kasson-Mantorville High School to promote social distancing, according to the Grand Forks Herald. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-11-27 at 7.15.18 AM

Large groups of thieves target 2 Twin Cities Best Buys on Black Friday

It bears similarities to the flash-mob style thefts seen recently in California.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' winning streak snapped at five games

The Wolves' bid for their longest winning streak since 2014 came up short.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

Teen arrested over fatal shooting of 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn Park

Police say the teen was filming a social media video while handling a gun.

Joe Biden

President Biden coming to Minnesota to promote Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Tuesday's trip follows passage of the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal.

Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov gets into the holiday spirit to rout Jets

Kirill Kaprizov's four points led the Wild to a 7-1 victory.

Kirk Cousins

Coller: Cure to Vikings' disrupted season lies in an explosive passing game

The Vikings go to San Francisco knowing that a win would be a huge boost to their playoff hopes.

unsplash football helmet ground

Judge upholds star QBs suspension for state championship game

Sam Backer, of Chatfield Senior High, won't be allowed to play in Friday's title game.

Screen Shot 2021-11-25 at 7.53.37 AM

Another 5,000 lbs. of goldfish removed from Carver County lakes

It all likely stemmed from people dumping their pets into local waters a few years ago.

Rosaleia Shelton

Appeal to find 19-year-old missing from Bloomington

The teen left her home on Monday afternoon.

hospital, emergency room

Deaths of twin fetuses after woman was shot ruled a double homicide

The woman was shot in the abdomen in mid-September.


Lois Riess indicted for murder of husband in Minnesota

The alleged killing sparked a nationwide manhunt, during which she allegedly killed another woman.

Minnesota murder suspect Lois Riess is captured in Texas

The 56 year old had been on the run for four weeks.

Minnesota's Lois Riess indicted for 1st degree murder in Florida

She's accused of killing a woman she befriended, before stealing her identity.

Caught at a bar, Lois Riess unarmed when arrested in resort town

Police say the 56 year old had let her guard down.

Police recovered 2 guns from Lois Riess' hotel room

The Minnesotan has been arraigned in Texas.

Family friend gets life without parole for killing of 5-year-old Alayna Ertl

Zachary Anderson was a friend of the 5 year old's father.