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Source: A&E

'Kids Behind Bars' Kristel Maestas Was 16 When She Set Her Victim on Fire


If you remember Ronald Bell from A&E's Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole, you're already familiar with his co-defendant Kristel Maestas, who was Bell's then 16-year-old girlfriend at the time of their grisly crime.

But what did Maestas do, and did she ultimately receive a shorter sentence for her role in the 1999 crime? 

Kids Behind Bars looks into the cases of juvenile offenders who were sentenced to life behind bars before the Supreme Court determined that the punishment was a cruel and unusual one for minors. While some offenders will be resentenced to life, others are granted clemency or immediately released.

Here's everything you need to know about Kristel Maestas — from what she did to where she is today.