Robert Sigg, dad of accused killer Austin Reed Sigg: Words of remorse, more on criminal past
Update: Robert Sigg, father of Austin Reed Sigg, the teenager accused of kidnapping and killing Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl, has found himself in the spotlight since his son's arrest, with attention turning to the contrast between his media mogul credentials and a hefty criminal record; see our original coverage below. Now, he's issued a statement in the case as even more details about his background emerge.
Pics, videos below.
Here's the statement Robert Sigg provided to the Denver media:
First, I would ask for your prayers and support for the Ridgeway family. There are no words to express the sorrow that I and my family feel for their pain they are suffering. We are devastated by the knowledge that my son, Austin Sigg, has been arrested and will be charged with the murder of their beautiful daughter Jessica. This horrible event is a tragedy for both the families, as well as the community. I ask also for your prayers and support for Austin's mother, whose courageous act...unimaginably painful for any parent...has put this tragedy on the path to resolution. I am hopeful that as the legal process unfolds, the Ridgeway family may come to know peace.Even as these comments surfaced, reporters continued to dig into Robert Sigg's considerable criminal file. Here's one mug shot that's surfaced, courtesy of CBS4....
A number of Sigg's arrests date back to the 1980s, but several others have occurred within the past ten years, including one that led to a mortgage fraud conviction in 2006, several years after his divorce from Mindy Sigg, Austin's mom. The original Denver Business Journal report on the latter focuses on Gerald Small, a Broomfield man who was sentenced to 101 months behind bars and ordered to pay $37 million in restitution in relation to what's described as "a scheme to obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus mortgages and multi-million-dollar lines of credit." Sigg's involvement earned him a sentence of time served and a restitution fee of just over $141,000 -- although the DBJ notes that the amount was subsequently reduced to $12,000 and was paid in full.
Another Robert Sigg booking photo.
Not that this constitutes the sole example of Sigg's cash-related court matters. CBS4 reveals that he's been involved in what's characterized as dozens of civil cases over the years, with money consistently the issue.
In addition, the outlet reveals, Mindy Sigg filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this year.
Below, see two reports -- one from CBS4, the other from 9News -- followed by our previous coverage, with details about Robert Sigg's media past and a clip showing what appears to be Austin wearing a wooden cross of the sort that became important evidence in the criminal investigation leading to his arrest.
Continue to read our original post, including photos and videos.