Colorado teen pleads guilty in kidnapping, killing of school girl 2 days before trial set to start

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Associated Press

Posted on October 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado teen charged with kidnapping and killing a 10-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to all charges against him just two days before he was to go on trial.

Eighteen-year-old Austin Sigg entered his plea Tuesday in the slaying of Jessica Ridgeway against the advice of his attorneys. He also pleaded guilty to a May 2012 attack on a 22-year-old jogger.

Sigg could be sent to prison for the rest of his life if a judge agrees to give him back-to-back sentences for some of the charges.

He didn't face the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of the slaying.

Jessica was abducted while walking to school, and her disappearance panicked thousands of residents in Denver's western suburbs.

Sigg's father says he's thankful Jessica's family won't have to endure a trial.

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