A Colorado teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to all the charges stemming from the abduction and murder of a 10-year-old girl in October 2012.
Austin Sigg, 18, changed his plea to guilty days before prosecutors were scheduled to begin their opening arguments in his trial.
Jessica Ridgeway disappeared from Westminster, Colorado, while walking to school on October 5, 2012. Investigators found her dismembered body five days later. Sigg’s mother turned him in to police.
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The charges Sigg pleaded guilty to include first-degree murder, sexual assault and kidnapping. Sigg’s sentencing is scheduled to begin November 18 and could take two days to complete.
Sigg could be sentenced to life in prison for his crimes. However, because he was 17 when he committed murder, he cannot be sentenced to life without parole.