A Few Clouds
77°FA Few CloudsFull Forecast

Teen to be sentenced for killing Colo. school girl

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 12:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 12:37 p.m. CDT
Caption
Austin Sigg, center, appears in Jefferson County Court, in Golden, Colo., Monday, Nov. 19, 2013 for a sentencing hearing. Sigg, who has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway in October 2012, faces a possible life prison term. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A psychologist says statements made by a Colorado teen who killed and dismembered a 10-year-old girl show he had no empathy for her and had a pattern of sexual deviance.

The testimony came Monday in a sentencing hearing for 18-year-old Austin Sigg. He pleaded guilty to kidnapping, sexually assaulting and killing Jessica Ridgeway in suburban Denver in 2012.

Sigg faces a possible life prison term. He can't be executed because he was 17 at the time of Jessica's death.

Psychologist Anna Salter of Madison, Wis., reviewed police interviews with Sigg but didn't speak to him herself. Her testimony prompted frequent objections from the defense, who called it "guesswork."

Sigg wore a blue shirt and khaki pants. He sat with his back to the gallery during Salter's testimony.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Reader Poll

Would you or do you allow your kids to play football?
Yes
No