Lois Riess, 57, was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the 2018 death of Pamela Hutchinson, a complete stranger she bumped into by sheer coincidence
During a pre-trial meeting Tuesday, the gambling-addicted grandmother recanted her denials and pled guilty to first-degree murder with a firearm, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft and criminal use of identification
Lois Riess killed the 59-year-old Hutchinson at a Fort Myers beach condo in April last year in a bid to steal her identity
She was on the run at the time after allegedly shooting dead her 54-year-old husband David Riess in their Minnesota home a month earlier
After killing Hutchinson Riess became known as ‘Losing Streak Lois’ because of her gambling habit, then stole victim’s cash, credit cards, IDs and fled in the victim’s car
After leaving Florida, Riess sparked a cross-country manhunt as she drove 1,300 miles to Louisiana, then moved on to Texas where she was captured in April 2018
According to her plea, Riess also agreed to go back to Minnesota to face first-degree murder charges in her husband’s death
Riess, who became known as ‘Losing Streak Lois’ because of her gambling habit, killed the 59-year-old at a Fort Myers beach condo in April last year in a bid to steal her victim’s identity and property.
She was a fugitive at the time, on the run after allegedly shooting dead her 54-year-old husband, David Riess, in their Minnesota home, a month earlier.
Lois Riess [left], is convicted for killing lookalike Pamela Hutchinson [right], in Fort Meyers Beach, Fla in April 2018
She instead pled guilty to all four charges, including first-degree murder with a firearm, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft and criminal use of identification.
Riess also agreed to go back to Minnesota to face first-degree murder charges in her husband’s death.
Following her plea, prosecutors withdrew their request to seek the death penalty.
Authorities said Riess’ months-long crime spree started when she shot dead her husband in their home on March 23, 2018.
She is accused of forging checks to steal $11,000 from her husband’s account before fleeing to Fort Myers where she met Hutchinson.
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The woman’s body was found dead at her condo in Fort Meyers Beach on April 9.
The two women were close in age and height, with both having almost white hair. Authorities say Riess killed her to assume her identity.
During the search for Riess, police released surveillance video that showed her walking away from the condo, driving off in the victim’s car and wearing her hat soon after the killing.