Austin Sigg enters not guilty plea

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- Despite the fact that he allegedly admitted guilt to police, Austin Sigg, the man accused of kidnapping and killing 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, pleaded not guilty in court Friday.

Sigg, now 18, is accused of brutally killing Ridgeway.  The girl disappeared while she was walking to school on October 5.  Her torso was found in a Jefferson County open space less than a week later.

He faces 17 charges in the case and will be tried as an adult.

Nearly three weeks after Ridgeway’s disappearance, Sigg called 911 and told the dispatcher he had murdered the 10-year-old. The call was played at his preliminary hearing on Feb. 22.

“I murdered Jessica Ridgeway,” Sigg said during the phone call. “I have proof that I did it and I’ll answer all the questions that you want.”

In the process of their investigation, police were able to link Sigg to an attack on a female jogger at Ketner Lake on May 28. Six of the 19 charges he is facing stem from that attack.

Because he was 17 when Ridgeway was murdered, Sigg cannot face the death penalty. He would likely face life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years if he pleads guilty or is convicted.

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