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Rural Blooming Prairie woman to appear Tuesday for charges of 1st and 2nd degree murder

A rural Blooming Prairie woman who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in Florida so she could assume her identity has been returned to her home state of Minnesota to face trial on allegations that she killed her husband in 2018.

58-year old Lois Riess is being held at the Steele County Adult Detention Center in Owatonna on charges of 1st- and 2nd-degree murder. She’s accused of fatally shooting 54-year old David Riess at their home in rural Blooming Prairie in March 2018.

Riess will appear remotely Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. via Zoom from the Steele County ADC. 

Prosecutors say Riess drove to Florida afterward, befriended 59-year old Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida and fatally shot her at a Fort Myers Beach condo in April of 2019.  Riess received a life sentence in her death.


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