Colorado Teen Charged as Adult in Girl's Killing
Austin Sigg sexually assaulted victim: Cops
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 30, 2012 4:16 PM CDT
This booking photo provided by the Westminster, Colo., Police Department shows Austin Reed Sigg, 17.   (AP Photo/Westminster Police Department)

(Newser) – Prosecutors say a teenager who allegedly confessed to killing a 10-year-old Colorado girl and attacking a runner also sexually assaulted the girl. Seventeen-year-old Austin Sigg was charged as an adult with 17 counts in both cases today, including four murder charges. If convicted as an adult, Sigg faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years. Defense attorneys anticipate asking the judge to send the case to juvenile court.

In charging documents, prosecutors said Sigg acted alone in kidnapping, robbing, and sexually assaulting Jessica Ridgeway. The robbery charge involved Jessica's backpack and water bottle, which were found in another suburb three days after she disappeared while walking to school Oct. 5. Jessica lived on a quiet street about a mile from where Sigg lived with his mother.

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Oct 31, 2012 6:36 PM CDT
The whole thing makes me sick to my stomach.Times have really changed in this world,you cant even let your kids play in the yard now,You have to be there with them at all times.I have a child,every where she went,I went and it has always been like that and she is almost 18....And reason I say this is this is the kind of world we live in now.The attack is on innocent children/babies .JUST SICK all this free booty giving it away to the right and the left but you go mess with a child.WE need to start doing like overseas.. u rape they CUT IT OFF..u steal/kill the same body part u use they CUT IT OFF.....IT WOULD BE A LOT LESS CRIME AND A LOT OF HANDLESS AND AND A LOT OF MEN WITH NO P%%%S. And how do you even mention parole..which is like a second change,,did Jessica the little girl have a chance.Will her mother have the chance to see her child grow up into a beautiful lady. He will get his in jail,I hear those who mess with children get the same thing done to them 24hours a day they will hang him from his balls and spin him around. I glad his mother stepped up to the plate and turn him in..good job mom cause there are some many mothers who see your kids doing wrong and know they are doing wrong and you lie and cover-up things for them and even do wrong with them.I know it had to have been hard .
Oct 31, 2012 4:27 PM CDT
What happened to the days when these pricks would honorably hang themselves in the police station just after confessing? Amateur.
Oct 30, 2012 9:30 PM CDT
The fear this boy is feeling now and for as long as he survives is not enough punishment for the horrible crime he committed against this poor young girl and her family. Ten or fifteen years of being beaten and raped will be a good start. He will be lucky to die in the first ten years but then he gets an eternity of burning in hell with Manson the Dahlmer, I wish I was a christian and could believe those superstitions.