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Lois Riess pleads guilty, sentenced to life without parole

KAAL-TV
Updated: August 11, 2020 10:48 PM
Created: August 11, 2020 02:07 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Lois Riess, the Blooming Prairie woman accused of killing her husband in 2018 plead guilty to First Degree Murder with a Firearm Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, a judge sentenced Riess to life in prison with no parole.

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According to an ABC 6 News reporter at the hearing, Riess's lawyer said that on March 11, 2018 Riess was upset because David wanted to leave their grandson's basketball game.  He handed her a firearm and told her to "kill yourself."  She took the gun from him, pointed it at him and shot him in the heart saying she fired two or three times.  The lawyer said Riess knew David was dead, laid down with him, covered his eyes and covered him and that Riess said it was a conscious decision to shoot him in the heart to kill him.  A judge asked Riess to confirm the statement and she did.

During victim impact statements, David's mother said she will never forgive Lois but maybe God will.  Riess's oldest son said he can't forgive his mother and that she could have gotten help but didn't. David Riess's sister said the family is fractured and called her a "cold blooded murderer because of gambling" she also mentioned mental illness and said David had "saved" Lois's life.  

Riess addressed the court, apologizing to David's friends and family saying life without David is her true sentence, that she shouldn't have taken his life and that she feels she deserves this.  She then turned and faced the family saying she "didn't realize how much pain she was in until she wasn't" and that love will heal.  

Riess was the subject of a nationwide manhunt in March and April 2018 after allegedly shooting and killing her husband, David Riess, in their Blooming Prairie home then traveling to Florida where she befriended Pamela Hutchinson before shooting and killing her and assuming her identity. Riess was arrested ten days later in Texas.

Riess plead guilty to Hutchinson's murder and was sentenced to life in prison in Florida in 2019, she was extradited to Minnesota earlier this year.

In July, Riess pleaded not guilty to the charges against her in connection to her husband's death and asked for a pretrial.

Dodge County has an agreement with Florida, as part of extradition it was agreed that she would serve her sentence in Minnesota first since this is where the first murder took place.

This is a breaking news story. More information will be added as it becomes available.


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