MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota grandmother accused of a cross-country crime spree now faces a life sentence for murder.
A Florida grand jury indicted Lois Riess with multiple crimes, including first-degree murder, grand theft auto and stealing the identity of a dead person.READ MORE: Youths In Custody After Fireworks Display Ignited Inside Eagan Hy-Vee, Police Say
Thursday morning, Riess made a brief court appearance in Florida via video conference. A judge told her she’d be held without bail.READ MORE: Andy Slavitt, Fmr. Biden Advisor, Pens Book On What U.S. 'Could Have Done Better' In COVID Response
Prosecutors say she killed Pamela Hutchinson back in April so she could steal her identity while on the run.
Riess had fled from Minnesota a month earlier, after investigators say she killed her husband David in their Blooming Prairie home. She’s also accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his business account.MORE NEWS: Professor Edward Ward ID'd As Victim Of 'Random' St. Cloud Shooting
In Minnesota, Riess is charged with one count of felony theft. Prosecutors are continuing to build a case against her.