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A Vegas Woman Complained She Was Too ‘Pretty’ to Be Arrested for Murdering Her Mother. She's Now Behind Bars.

Woman Who Said She Was Too ‘Pretty’ Sentenced for Killing Murder
Source: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; UNSPLASH

Hend Bustami sentenced to 15 years to life behind bars for the murder of her mother.

Dec. 22 2023, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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A Nevada woman who complained during an arrest in 2022 that cops were harassing her because they’d “never seen anyone as good looking” has learned how much time she will spend life behind bars for killing her mother, authorities said.

Hend Bustami, 29, was sentenced on Dec. 21 to 15 years to life in prison after she pleaded “guilty but mentally ill” to second-degree murder for killing her 62-year-old mother, Alaf Hussanen, according to 8 News Now.

Citing court documents, the outlet reported Bustami’s attorney said a psychologist “found [Bustami] experiencing ‘intermittent exacerbations of psychosis’" and "‘in need of continuing psychiatric treatment.'"

Bustami also pleaded guilty to multiple other charges, including burglary, invasion of the home, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, sale of a controlled substance, or gaming crimes, 8 News Now reported.

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According to police, Bustami murdered Hussanen at a home in Las Vegas on the morning of Oct. 26, 2022, KLAS-TV reported.

“At approximately 2:30 in the morning, a 911 dispatcher received a phone call from a frantic female stating that her mother was dead,” Metro Lt. Dave Valenta said. “Then the line was disconnected.”

Officers responding to the scene found the victim dead from “multiple deep lacerations.”

California Highway Patrol located Bustami in Barstow, California, around 5 a.m. that day and detained her on a fugitive of justice charge.

In September 2023, Bustami pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a count of second-degree murder for the death of her mother, officials said.

On Dec. 19, Judge Jacqueline Bluth sentenced Bustami, who declined to speak during her sentencing hearing, to 15 years to life behind bars, WPDE reported.

Bluth acknowledged Bustami's mental health history, which includes diagnoses for several types of psychoses and disorders. She said Bustami can receive mental health treatment while incarcerated.

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On Aug. 31, 2022, Bustami made national headlines when police wrote in a report that they responded to a call about a woman not paying her bill at a Chili’s restaurant at Vegas’ Harry Reid International Airport.

“Soon after, officers working D gates were notified by TSA that [a] female matching that description was observed sleeping near the security checkpoint, hindering their operations,” the report stated.

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Bustami was located in the baggage claim area and became “belligerent with officers, saying she was being harassed because cops [had] never seen anyone as pretty as her,” police said in the report.

While officers were placing Bustami under arrest, the report states she told them that “she was going to spit on all [the officers] and that officers were perverts and were trying to rape her because they [had] never seen anyone as good looking.”


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