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

The 58-year-old sparked a nationwide manhunt in 2018.
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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.

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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. 

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