Sheriff: Riess will come back to Minn. though no timeline set
Ever since alleged killer Lois Riess pleaded guilty to murdering a look-alike woman in Florida to avoid the death penalty, the question back in Minnesota that keeps coming up is what happens with the murder case involving her husband and if anything needs to happen.
On Dec. 17, Riess pleaded guilty to all four counts against her in the death of Pamela Hutchinson in Fort Myers Beach, Florida in April 2018. A judge immediately sentenced her to life in prison.
Minnesota officials are still planning to bring Riess back to her home state to face murder charges for allegedly killing her husband, David Riess, in their rural Blooming Prairie home in March 2018.
“The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and other county officials have had a number of citizens questioning why it’s necessary to have Lois Riess come back to Minnesota when she’s already been convicted and sentenced to life in Florida,” Sheriff Scott Rose said this week. Rose pointed out there are a few important reasons for this to happen.
Rose reminds citizens that with the justice system in Minnesota, suspects are innocent until proven guilty. “A guilty verdict in Florida doesn’t equate to a guilty verdict here,” he said. “You can’t give her a pass here because she’s already been convicted for the murder in Florida. She killed her husband here and she needs to answer to that crime.”
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has previously said, “Lois Riess should face justice in Minnesota for two reasons: first, because her crime spree started in Minnesota with the murder of Mr. Riess; second and more importantly because the interests of justice demand it.”
Ellison says the people of Blooming Prairie, Dodge County and all of Minnesota, and especially Mr. Riess’s family deserve to see justice done and the chance to heal.
Sheriff Rose echoed the sediments of the attorney general. “The Riess family deserves some closure and some answers here too,” he said. “Because Lois was indicted by a secret grand jury, the family still doesn’t know what happened other than the fact that David was shot. This family deserves to see justice served and to hear Lois explain what she did and why she did it.”
Family members, Rose said, deserve the opportunity to share their victim impact statements and confront her so they can all start the healing process.
“I can only imagine how incredibly difficult this case has been for the Riess family,” Rose said. “We owe it to them to bring her back.”
While Minnesota officials plan to bring Riess back home at least temporarily, no exact timeline has been established for her extradition to happen.
A Dodge County grand jury indicted Riess last May on two counts of murder in the shooting death of David Riess. She faces first-degree and second-degree murder in Dodge County. The Attorney General’s Office is handling prosecution of the case.
After Riess pleaded guilty in Florida last month, Florida officials withdrew the death penalty. The judge sentenced her to prison for the rest of her life without any chance of parole.