Austin Sigg, the man accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting, murdering, and dismembering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway has decided to plead guilty just two days before his trial was to begin.  A Colorado judge accepted his guilty plea Tuesday.  Austin Reed Sigg, 18, was also charged with a previous attempted kidnapping involving an unnamed 22-year-old female jogger in a park.  He pled guilty to that 2012 attack in May.

Jessica disappeared from her home almost exactly one year ago on October 5, 2012 while on her way to school.  Days afterwards, authorities discovered her backpack in a suburb and officers photographed cars in the area.  Authorities urged people to report any suspicious changes in the people that they knew.  Then on October 10th discovered her torso inside a trash bag in a secluded park.

On October 19th, Sigg’s neighbor reported him to police saying that he had a fascination with death.  FBI agents took a DNA sample from Sigg.  A week or so later, authorities received a 911 call from Sigg’s mother.  She told them that her son confessed to her.

Sigg talked with the dispatcher and said, “I murdered Jessica Ridgeway, I have proof that I did. I’m giving myself up completely, there will be no resistance whatsoever.”

When officers arrived to document Sigg’s confession, he told them they would find some of her remains under the family home.  Sigg’s DNA was also found on Jessica’s clothing.  According to what Sigg told police, he abducted her as she walked past his vehicle.  He then bound her legs and arms, drove around for a period of time, and then decided to take her to his home.  There he strangled her and then dismembered her in the bathtub.

He also admitted to the 911 dispatcher that he did the “Ketner Lake incident”.  An investigator said they found evidence that he used homemade chloroform including, a recipe he found on the Internet, to try to subdue the woman, who ended up getting away.  Testimony also revealed that child pornography was seized from Sigg’s laptop.  Since Sigg was a minor at the time of the crime, he faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

Prosecutors want to impose a consecutive sentence on some of the charges so that Sigg spends his entire life behind bars, but Sigg’s defense attorneys are arguing that is not legal.  Sigg decided to plead guilty without any agreement or special considerations for his admittance.  Neither he nor his lawyers explained why during the hearing and his father, Rob Sigg, said only that he was thankful the Ridgeway family was spared sitting through the testimony.  Jefferson County District Attorney Peter Weir said he believed Sigg pled guilty because of the evidence against him.

  1. Lon Spector says:

    There is much disease in this culture. People should see dysfunctionality while it occurs and take corrective action.


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