Jessica Ridgeway’s family will be spared the pain of having to sit through the trial of the man who murdered her.
18-year-old Austin Sigg pleaded guilty yesterday to all charges related to the kidnapping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway, as well as the attempted kidnapping of a jogger. His plea was against the advice of his attorneys.
Sigg was expected to go on trial this week for Jessica’s murder. Jessica was only 10 years old when she was abducted on her way to school in Westminster, Colorado, in October 2012. Her body was found days later, in a local park.
Sigg reportedly confessed to the murder, after his mom called the police after speaking to him.
He will be sentenced on November 8. Because he was 17 at the time of the crimes, he may only face 40 years in jail before being eligible for parole. Prosecutors are expected to ask for consecutive sentences so he spends the rest of his life in prison.