Teen Sentenced To Life In Prison For Jessica Ridgeway Murder

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A judge has sentenced Austin Sigg to life in prison for the murder of Jessica Ridgeway.

The judge gave Sigg another 86 years for other crimes including sexual assault and kidnapping.

Sigg's lawyers argued that Colorado law required a sentence that would allow him to be eligible for parole after 40 years because Sigg was a juvenile when he killed Jessica.

The judge did not agree, and eliminated the possibility of parole with the extra sentences.

“This case cries out for a life sentence,” said District Judge Stephen Munsinger.

Sigg was not eligible for the death penalty because he was 17 years old at the time of Jessica's death.

Sigg did not address the court during the hearing.

Ten-year-old Jessica Ridgeway was on her way to school in October 2012 when she was kidnapped. Her mutilated body was found a week later, left on the side of the road near a Denver-area open space.

Sigg pleaded guilty to the crimes last month.

Jessica's loved ones said at a sentencing hearing Monday that the loss still cut deeply.

"When someone is ripped from your life the way Jessica was taken from us there's no moving on or getting over it," family friend Beverly Sternberg said.

But Jessica's mother said that Sigg wouldn't register a second thought once his sentence was handed down.

"Once we walk out of this courtroom we won't remember his name and we'll only remember Jessica and the legacy she created," Sarah Ridgeway said.

A psychologist testified Monday that Sigg had thought out and planned the brutal crime. She called Sigg a "sadistic torturer."

"He said himself the moment she was in the car, he knew she was dead," Dr. Anna Salter said.

Sigg also pleaded guilty to attacking a 22-year-old jogger at a Westminster park in May 2012.




 
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