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 Justin Rector, left, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Isabella Bella Grogan-Cannella, right, in 2014.

KINGMAN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a Bullhead City girl has been sentenced to life in prison.

Justin Rector's sentencing Friday came nearly four years after Isabella Grogan-Cannella's body was found in a shallow grave near her home.

The now 31-year-old Rector had been a guest in the home when Isabella was reported missing.

A Mohave County judge denied a request this week from Rector to withdraw his plea. Rector had argued his attorney withheld information and the plea was unjust.

[READ MORE: Man who pleaded guilty in death of Bullhead City girl now wants to change plea]

The judge heard statements from Isabella's family Friday, remembering her smile and her ability to make people laugh.

The Kingman Daily Miner reports that Rector apologized in court and said Isabella didn't deserve to be killed.

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(7) comments

NothingToSeeHere

Despicable meth-head! Repeated prison beatings are hopefully coming his way.

Daddy

It would only be one and he wouldn't survive... he'll be in protective custody though, which makes it less likely to happen. No guarantee for his survival in PC just less likely to happen.

Daddy

Isn't this the guy that killed another little girl too, got caught for a burglary and told prosecutors that he'd tell them where the other body is if they agreed to not charge him with the burglary? A absurd sounding deal on his part but that's what I read. This seems like the same guy.

Daddy

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ObeyLaws

Why did this take nearly FIVE YEARS to conclude? So much for the Sixth Amendment Constitution... And why is this mope still allowed to suck air??? If you feloniously take the life of another person, you get executed. Period.

Vinny R

This piece of garbage should be given the death penalty.....

Wearenotperfect

Why? Because of a little thing called due process! Many people have confessed to crimes they did not commit.

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