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Gambling-addict grandmother dubbed 'Losing Streak Lois,' 58, is sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty to murdering her husband - after already admitting to killing a woman so she could steal her identity

A Minnesota grandmother who previously admitted to killing a woman in Florida was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty on Tuesday to murdering her husband and going on the run, sparking a nationwide manhunt.
Lois Riess, 58, of Blooming Prairie, was sentenced after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the March 2018 fatal shooting of her husband, David Riess, 54, at their southern Minnesota home, KAAL-TV reported.
Lois Riess, who was nicknamed 'Losing Streak Lois' because of her gambling addiction, killed her husband at their home in Minnesota. was returned to Minnesota last month after pleading guilty to killing Pamela Hutchinson in Florida.  
Lois Riess, 58, on Tuesday was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in 2018
David Riess, 54
Lois Riess, 58 (left), on Tuesday was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, David Riess, 54 (right), in 2018

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.
During Tuesday's hearing, which was held inside the auditorium at Kasson-Mantorville High School due to social distancing requirements, Riess apologized to her husband's friends and family, saying life without her husband is her true sentence and that she should not have killed him.
'What I did was an unpardonable crime,' she said, according to Grand Forks Herald. 'Solitude is forever. I feel I deserve this. I will have no reprieve.'
Before the sentence was handed down, the victim's family members were given a chance to give impact statements. 
'I cycle between anger, regret and sadness,' said the couple's daughter, Breanna Riess. 'Losing my dad at the hands of my mom is something I will never be able to process... I miss my dad more than words can describe, but I have to allow for forgiveness in my heart, because that’s what he would have wanted.'
Billy Riess, the couple's eldest son, expressed his anger at his mother, accusing her of abandoning him and his siblings after taking their father's life. 
In December 2019, Riess was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of Pamela Hutchinson, 59, in Florida
In December 2019, Riess was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of Pamela Hutchinson, 59, in Florida
'I don’t care how many times you apologize,' he said, addressing his mother directly. 'You stole something from us.'
David's mother, Darlene Riess, described her son in her victim impact statement a the family's 'ray of sunshine.' 
'When you killed David, you took my heart,' she stated.  
After her husband's death, Riess drove to Florida, befriended Hutchinson, 59, and fatally shot her at a Fort Myers Beach condo the following month, according to prosecutors.
With her head of white hair, Riess garnered national attention as the 'fugitive grandma' before she was captured in April 2018 in Texas.
Under an extradition agreement, Florida prosecutors agreed that Riess would serve her life sentence without the possibility of parole in Minnesota because she committed the Florida murder as a result of her first murder in Minnesota. 
Riess's lawyer said that on March 11, 2018, Lois and David got into a heated  argument because her husband wanted to leave their grandson's basketball tournament in Wisconsin.
The couple had fought in the car on the way home and their dispute continued in the bedroom.
The argument escalated to the point where David pulled out a loaded handgun and handed it to his wife, telling her: 'Why don't you kill yourself? Maybe you will get it right this time.'
Lois took the firearm and shot David two or three times in the chest.
Her lawyer said that knowing David was dead, Lois laid down with him, closed his eyes and covered him with a blanket.
She then left, after taking $11,000 out of his business account.
Prosecutors said Lois made her way to Fort Meyers Beach, Florida, after making stops at multiple casinos along the way.
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The US Marshals picked up Riess in Texas in mid-April 2018, more than a month after her husband's murder
The US Marshals picked up Riess in Texas in mid-April 2018, more than a month after her husband's murder 
At the Village Marina resort, Riess befriended Pamela Hutchinson, who looked like her.
The two women were last seen together at a brewery on April 5, 2018.
Four days later, Hutchinson's lifeless body was found in her hotel room bathroom under a pile of pillows and towels.
Riess went on the run in Hutchinson's car after assuming her identity. 
The white-haired 'fugitive grandma' was ultimately picked up by the US Marshals on April 19 after being seen at a bar in South Padre Island, Texas.
She was handed a life sentence in Florida in December 2019 after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in Hutchinson's death.


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