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Teen Who Dismembered 5th Grader Gets Life in Prison

November 19, 2013

By Colleen Slevin and Thomas Peipert

Associated Press

District Judge, Stephen Munsinger, sentenced 18 year old Austin Sigg on Tuesday after an emotional two day hearing.

GOLDEN, Colorado — A psychologist described him as sadistic, and prosecutors said he methodically killed and dismembered the 10 year old girl he grabbed on her way to school.

But lawyers for Austin Sigg said Tuesday the 18 year old was still a child himself, he might have suffered trauma before and during birth, and he had anxiety, a learning disability and an emotionally distant mother.

Judge Stephen Munsinger rejected that image and the defense argument that Sigg should be eligible for parole in 40 years.

He instead ordered the teen to serve a life sentence for killing Jessica Ridgeway plus 86 years for other offenses, including sexually assaulting her and trying to attack a jogger a few months before. The sentence ensured Sigg will never be released.

Jessica's disappearance last Fall put the Denver suburbs on edge as police, aided by an army of volunteers, searched for her and then her killer. While people now know how Jessica was killed, Munsinger said they might never know why.

"Evil is apparently real," he said. "It was present in our community on October 5, 2012. Its name was Austin Sigg."

Sigg — who was 17 when he killed the fifth grader — gave no remarks during the two day sentencing hearing and displayed no apparent emotion as he was sentenced. His mother, Mindy, who called police when he decided to turn himself in, watched from a few rows behind.

He did wipe away tears Monday as photos of Jessica were displayed. Mindy Sigg also wept as Jessica's grandmother, Angie Moss, testified about what it would be like to know your child was capable of such an act. Hearing the crying, Moss added, "I can't imagine the damage that's been done to his mother."

Jessica's mother offered no opinion on Sigg's sentence either during or after the hearing. She also declined to testify about how her daughter's murder has affected her and her family, saying, "the defendant," didn't have the right to hear that.

The defense showed photos of Sigg growing up interspersed with teachers' comments, reports cards and medical and counseling records.

Lawyer Katherine Spengler said Sigg's mother inhaled paint fumes and fell down stairs while pregnant with him. She also said Sigg might have suffered brain damage from several falls as a child.

Spengler displayed a misspelled note to Santa Claus from a 7 year old Sigg as evidence of his problems with writing. "Der Santa, Watever will do," it said.

Starting at age 12, Sigg began getting counseling for pornography, anxiety and a compulsive disorder, apparently with little support from his parents, who divorced when he was a toddler, Spengler said. She said Mindy Sigg seemed to retreat during his high school years.

Spengler also urged the judge to consider testimony from a University of Colorado cognitive neuroscientist, Marie Banich, who said the parts of the brain that govern complex decision making usually aren't fully developed until people are in their 20s.

"We aren't talking about someone who is developmentally an adult," Spengler said.

She said Sigg's background didn't excuse or explain his horrible crime, but she urged the judge to consider it in determining his sentence.

A Madison, Wisconsin, psychologist hired by prosecutors earlier told Munsinger that Sigg was, "sadistic," and had planned his attack.

Anna Salter, who studies sex offenders, testified Monday that Sigg did Internet searches for torture, rape and child pornography.

"He certainly had no empathy for Jessica Ridgeway," Salter said. She reviewed and cited gruesome details from police interviews with Sigg but didn't speak to him herself.

Prosecutor, Hal Sargent, said the defense presented no evidence that Sigg suffered a brain injury, but, he said it wouldn't have mattered if they had.

He said Sigg took pleasure in Jessica's pain, lied to her when she asked him if she would be able to see her mother again, and put her face down into scalding water when he wasn't sure if he had successfully strangled her.

"Even if true, whatever forces have made Austin Sigg who he is, he is broken," Sargent said. "The only way to protect the community from him is to keep him confined forever."



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Teen Convicted of Killing 10 Year Old Jessica Ridgeway Sentenced to Life***

By Elizabeth Chuck, Staff Writer, NBC News

A teenager who pleaded guilty to the brutal killing of a 10 year old girl in Colorado has been sentenced to life in prison.

Austin Sigg, 18, was not eligible for the death penalty because he was 17 at the time of Jessica Ridgeway's death. He didn't show any emotion as the judge handed down his sentence Tuesday in Golden, Colorado.

The judge gave Sigg the possibility of parole after 40 years, but because first degree murder was just one of 15 counts to which Sigg pleaded guilty, he will spend to rest of his life in prison.

"This case cries out for a life sentence," District Judge, Stephen Munsinger, said while giving Sigg an additional 86 years for the other crimes he was found guilty of, which included sexual assault and the kidnapping of Jessica plus the attempted kidnapping of a jogger.

Prosecutors, friends and family members urged the judge during the first day of the sentencing hearing on Monday to give Sigg the maximum sentence allowed.

"A part of me died that cold October day in 2012," Scott Fischle, a close friend of Jessica's family, said, the Associated Press reported. "She was a kind, sweet, innocent child who was bound for greatness in this world."

Jessica was walking to school on October 5, 2012, when she was abducted. Her Westminster, Colorado, community in Denver's western suburbs frantically searched for her for five days, before dismembered human remains identified as hers were found in a park. More remains of hers were later found at the house Sigg shared with his mother.

"Evil is apparently real. It was present in our community on October 5, 2012," Munsinger said of Sigg while sentencing him Tuesday.

Sigg pleaded guilty in October to the 15 counts, which included first degree murder, sexual assault of a child and charges stemming from an attack on a 22 year old female jogger in May, 2012. In the latter case, investigators say Sigg tried to use homemade chloroform on the woman, but she escaped.

Sigg's lawyers had argued that because he was a juvenile at the time of the crime, state law required the judge to give him a sentence that made him eligible for parole after 40 years.

"Your honor, you are sentencing a child today," Defense attorney, Ryan Loewer, said. "Life with the possibility of parole in 40 years is the only possible and legal sentence."

Earlier in the day, chief deputy district attorney, Hal Sargent, talked about the nearly two hours that Sigg is believed to have kept Jessica in his room after he snatched her off the street.

"It's painful to imagine what he did to her in that time," he said.

He said Sigg first tried to strangle Jessica with zip ties, but the zip ties, "didn't have enough leverage," according to what he later told police. Instead, he strangled her with his hands, and when he noticed her body was still twitching with signs of life, he filled a bathtub with hot water and pushed her face down into it.

"I don't want to go into all of the details of how he carefully, methodically dismembered her," Sargent said.

For months, Sigg has sat emotionless in court as the gory details of Jessica's death and dismemberment were disclosed, The Denver Post reported.

But on Monday, he cried while listening to the girl's family describe the 10 year old they no longer get to watch grow up.

"I miss her with every breath," said Christine Ridgeway, Jessica's grandmother, The Denver Post reported. "There are no more hugs or kisses or her little toes digging into mine on the couch."

Jessica's mom, Sarah Ridgeway, played a slideshow of photos of the fifth grader while music played.

"I don't think that the defendant has the right to hear how he affected me, my family or who Jessica was," she said, according to the AP. "Once we walk out of this courtroom, we'll not remember his name and we'll only remember Jessica and the legacy she created."

Earlier Monday, a psychologist hired by prosecutors told the judge that Sigg was "sadistic" and planned the attack.

"He certainly had no empathy for Jessica Ridgeway," said Anna Salter, who studies sex offenders.

Salter said Sigg was sexually aroused by dismembering Jessica's body — something he did by hand in a bathtub, according to investigators.

She added that he may have been trying to fulfill a sexual fantasy when, before killing Jessica, he cut her hair and forced her to change into his clothes.

Defense attorneys said Sigg's mother inhaled paint while she was pregnant with him, and that trauma he experienced before and during his birth caused him to have head and intestinal deformities.

Sigg was arrested after his mom called police on October 23, 2012, when Sigg confessed to her that he had abducted and killed Jessica. He didn't admit to sexually assaulting her, but evidence of sexual assault was later discovered.

Salter said Sigg's mother found child pornography on his computer in 2008, when he was 12 years old. His stepmother had sent him to counseling, and doctors urged his father to add parental controls to their computers and TV.

Watching pornography was part of Sigg's planning, Salter testified, according to The Denver Post.

"This was not an impulse he had and then felt horrible about later," Salter said.

Former classmates at the high school that Sigg attended until dropping out after his junior year described him as smart and interested in mortuary science and said he was bullied for having a high voice.

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Austin Sigg is sits in court in Golden, Colorado, where he was sentenced to life plus 86 years on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Sigg, 18, pleaded guilty last month to kidnapping and killing Jessica Ridgeway in Westminster in October 2012. ( AP Photo: Denver Post, RJ Sangosti

AP Photo/Westminster Colorado Police Department
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Wendy Pesavento, Jessica Ridgeway's great grandmother, prays during a news conference in district court in Golden, Colorado, on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. AP Photo: Denver Post, RJ Sangosti

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OMG..I remember this. I had no idea he dismembered her and put her face in scalding hot water in addition to strangling her.
This POS needs to be tortured in prison over and over for the rest of his life.

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Cant read this shit when im fucked up... gets me far to riled up

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Send him to the zetas so they can send us a video.

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OMG..I remember this. I had no idea he dismembered her and put her face in scalding hot water in addition to strangling her.
This POS needs to be tortured in prison over and over for the rest of his life.

I didn't either and did not remember seeing it on here, Kelseecat65.

I'm all for, a body part for a body part, but, this would work while pouring salt or any burning liquid in the wounds.

I'd like to see this as his punishment:
http://www.documentingreality.com/fo...cutting-45692/

The perp is cut at every never ending in his or her body very slowly, but, worth the wait, me thinks

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This case definitely called for that fat piece of shit to be charged and tried as an adult so he could be sentenced to death like he deserves. Colorado must not do that?

Horrible, evil is right. I feel bad for both mothers and I can't even imagine what either one must be going through.

My last thought on it is thank god there was a judge presiding who has a head on his shoulders. That piece of garbage will surely die in there - one way or the other. . And he'll probably be put in PC.

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He killed a 10 year old girl AND sexually assaulted her too. Someone kill that fat tub of shit.

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Send him to the zetas so they can send us a video.
Yeah, this is the kind of asshole that truly deserves the head chopping treatment, with a dull knife.

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