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Rural Blooming Prairie woman moved to a prison in Florida

Lois Riess, a rural Blooming Prairie woman who recently pled guilty to murdering a Florida woman and who is also accused of killing her husband, has been moved to a Florida prison.

Riess was booked into the Florida Women’s Reception Center in Ocala, Florida, on January 22nd.

Riess entered a guilty plea to a charge of 1st degree murder in December for the murder of 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson and was sentenced to life in prison.  

Riess was arrested in April of 2018 on South Padre Island, Texas, and was taken back to Florida to face charges there for the murder of Hutchinson.

Riess also waived extradition to face charges in Minnesota, where she is accused of killing her husband, David, in their residence just south of Blooming Prairie in March 2018. Riess was previously charged in Dodge County District Court with forging $11,000 in checks from her husband’s business account.  

It was not immediately known when Riess might be in Minnesota to face charges. The Dodge County Attorney’s Office referred the case to the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, which will prosecute the case.


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