The grandmother who is being accused of killing another woman and then stealing her identity may be facing the death penalty. Back in July, CNN reported that Lois Ann Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota had been charged with first-degree murder among other charges. Police believe Riess first killed her husband back in March in Dodge County. She is also being accused of “cashing in more than $10,000 in forged checks from her husband and her business.”
 
Riess then fled to other states, gambled some of her money away, and then headed to the sunshine state, Florida.
 
While in Florida, Riess allegedly killed Pamela Hutchinson, 59, who wasn’t found until April 9thin a condo in Fort Myers Beach. Hutchinson had been staying there to help comfort a friend who was mourning the death of her husband. Hutchinson’s family said they weren’t sure how long she had been dead as they had been “questioning her whereabouts on Facebook,” according to USA Today.
After killing Hutchinson, Riess then fled again, making pit stops in various states. That is when a nationwide search was started for the woman who allegedly killed two. The US Marshals Service said, “she bears a striking resemblance to the deceased, and has stolen the victim’s driver’s license, credit cards, and 2005 white Acura TL.” Police eventually were able to arrest Riess in South Prairie Island, Texas in April, “four days after Hutchinson’s car was seen about 50 miles from Corpus Christi. She was then taken back to Lee County, FL where she remains without bond.
Although Riess has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, Florida prosecutors believe her alleged crimes serve as grounds for the death penalty. Prosecutors said that “the capital offense of first-degree murder with a firearm was carried out to avoid a lawful arrest and was committed for pecuniary gain.” They also said, “the capital felony was a homicide and was committed in a cold, calculated, and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification.”
 
Whether the push for the death penalty will go through, that is not yet clear, however, Riess may want to consider hiring a Lee County, FL criminal defense attorney if she wants to stand a chance at getting her charges reduced.
 
Charged with a crime in Naples, FL? Contact Naples criminal defense lawyer Michael M. Raheb to represent your case.
When a person is faced with criminal charges, especially ones that are serious as Riess’, they need to hire a Naples, FL criminal defense attorney. Prosecutors will push for the maximum penalty to be given and without an attorney there to protect their interests, they don’t stand much of a chance at getting them reduced.
So, if you have been charged with a crime, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, contact defense attorney Michael M. Raheb today by calling 866-949-0888. And if you have questions regarding a family member who has been charged with an offense, this firm can also provide you with the assistance you are seeking.
 
The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb are located at:
 
3606 Enterprise Avenue, Suite 358
Naples, FL 34104
239-226-0889
 

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