Update: Austin Sigg sentenced to life in prison for brutal murder of Jessica Ridgeway, ten

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Big photos, videos below.
Update: Austin Sigg has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of ten-year-old Westminster girl Jessica Ridgeway, and while he's technically eligible for parole after forty years, he's been ordered to serve another consecutive sentence of 86 years.

The announcement of Sigg's punishment follows more than a day's worth of grueling testimony in the case.

Continue to see our previous coverage.

Update, 5:58 a.m. November 19: Yesterday, we shared one reporter's updates from the courtroom where Austin Sigg will be sentenced for the horrific October 2012 murder of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year-old Westminster girl, a crime committed when he was seventeen; see our previous coverage below.

The information that emerged from the hearing was shocking in the extreme, yet Jessica's mother, Sarah, sounded a note of resilience and strength. See photos, videos and details below.

During her address, Sarah kept the focus on Jessica, who Sigg kidnapped as she headed to school.

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A self-portrait of Jessica Ridgeway.
As reported by 7News, Sarah said, "Once we walk out of this courtroom, we'll not remember his name. We'll only remember Jessica and the legacy she created and the lasting project in which she inspired" -- a reference to a park named for Jessica.

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Sarah Ridgeway speaks to the court.
As noted by 9News, many of the disturbing details about Sigg were shared by Anna Salter, a psychologist who reviewed police records about the case. She noted that he had not been abused as a child and seemed to have been treated well by his parents despite them going through a divorce -- yet somehow, he emerged to display tendencies of sadism and narcissism.

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Psychologist Anna Salter, in a 7News image.
Possible factors floated by Sigg's defense? One of his attorneys said that Sigg's mother had inhaled paint fumes and fallen down stairs when she was pregnant with him. In addition, Sigg is said to have been born with a head deformity due to the use of a vacuum extractor when he was born, and he had such serious intestinal issues that, according to 7News, he underwent surgery three times -- at age two months, three years and six years.

Whatever the case, Sigg's treatment of Ridgeway's body was callous in the extreme, Salter allowed. After strangled the girl, he performed a kind of autopsy (a field in which he was reportedly interested), removing and identifying each of her organs. He also left a wooden cross that was identified as an important clue in the search for the killer inside her body.

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A photo of the cross provided by the police last year.
The hearing will continue today, with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole expected.

Look below to see coverage of the hearing by 9News and 7News, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue for our previous coverage of Austin Sigg's sentencing, including photos and tweets from the courtroom.


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bum4evr
bum4evr

That little girl suffered a living hell that we can't even fathom. I am sure he played out his "torture fantasy's" that he looked up online and made her death painful and miserable. I used to think medieval killing/torture devices were brutal, but now I think there are some crimes that deserve the use of them. Ya he has mental problems, I get that, but he is not in a straight jacked babbling to himself in a nuthouse, hes out walking and talking and living his life like the rest of us, he KNEW what he was doing was wrong and KNEW it was against the law. 

IMHO the ONLY way to prevent crimes like this from happening is to make the punishment for it SO brutal and painful that nobody, not even the mentally ill.. would dare commit such a crime. 

jans927
jans927

Do you people know anything about mental illness? Do you now anything about how this kid had to grow up? From the comments coming out of you, what makes you any better than the worst killers?

Sheila Cain
Sheila Cain

You and your fake page are laughable.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Where did once insinuate that killing children is "ok?" That's right. You're just another idiot Internet DWEEB acting in typical knee-jerk DWEEBY fashion.

Sheila Cain
Sheila Cain

What the hell does that have to do with this psycho killing a child??? You must have this confused with Zimmerman. Either that or you're just an outright moron. So I guess you think this is OK? Killing innocent kids is alright with you??

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Clearly, you've never once had to suffer the indignity of "driving while non-white at night."

Erik Radke
Erik Radke

Sad that god created such a horrible person. Who really is at fault?

Cindy Lou Hubert
Cindy Lou Hubert

I just cannot believe the defense attorney would try to say his insanity was caused by his mother inhaling paint fumes and falling down the stairs when she was pregnant with him. If that's the case, how did a high schooler get into an advanced program at arapahoe community college? He knew exactly what he was doing. I'm happy the mother won't ever remember his name, just the legacy of jessica!

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

I find all of the moral faggotry by Lamebook dweebs quite annoying, but ain't much we can do about that now, can we? BTW, I wonder if you felt the same way when the media kept plastering Osama bin Laden's face after 9-11-01.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

....often after chugging so many Monster Energy drinks

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

You're assuming attorneys even have "souls." Nah...she's simply pissed because she knew the case was a sure-fire loser.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

People get ass raped in prison for much, much less. If he turns out to enjoy it, is it really punishment?

DeWayne Smith
DeWayne Smith

Sadly I say death penalty, because if we assume he was just sick in the head, than it would be our duty to rehabilitate him, yet if he were rehabilitated to normal-how could any normal person live with committing such an atrocity?

Nina Phillips
Nina Phillips

I think that's fine as long as he stays in jail but he should never see the light of day!

Mike Carr
Mike Carr

Wish I could see his "welcome" at the prison... Sick fuck!

Gene Wagner
Gene Wagner

Life is okay assuming his life ends today......Hang the deviate piece of shit, get it over with...

Dylan Profitt
Dylan Profitt

Why doesn't the death penalty get used? In this case, it would be more humane than this guy deserves to go.

Kristen Sadler Bentz
Kristen Sadler Bentz

Capitol punishment is the only reasonable sentence in cases like this. People like him don't deserve to breathe. Period

Angel Livingin Denver
Angel Livingin Denver

Honestly I think considering the brutality of the crime he got off easy! He definitely needs to be put in general populations and let the inmates take care of that Monster!

Dana Thompson
Dana Thompson

A bullet to the head would have been cheaper.

Jeffery Bordner
Jeffery Bordner

Hopefully they put him in general population so the inmates can show him a good time.

Shannon Davidson
Shannon Davidson

Kind of upsetting hopefully he will be taken care of in prison especially after making her family hear about how he ate a snack while cutting her up and placing the crosses inside her body....very sick individual has left a horrific impact on all of us :(

Phil Knight
Phil Knight

Good! Lock him up, throw the key away!

Izzy Dominguez
Izzy Dominguez

fitting.. then he'll face "street justice" in prison.

Becca Sullivan
Becca Sullivan

I hope that the population of whatever facility he's ultimately placed in is able to read these awful details. Make them want to get their hands on him even worse.

__McShyster__
__McShyster__

@DeWayne Smith 

HipTip: Death is NOT a Penalty.

Death ENDS Suffering.


__McShyster__
__McShyster__

@Mike Carr ... Jesus would be proud of your vengeful arrogance.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Robin Varner Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Robin.

__McShyster__
__McShyster__

@Dylan Profitt "In this case, it would be more humane than this guy deserves to go."

Disproving your initial premise that death is a "penalty".

Death ENDS suffering, it's NOT a penalty, ipso facto.


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Dylan Profitt Plenty of people agree with you, Dylan. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

__McShyster__
__McShyster__

@John J. Wood ... another compassionate "christian".

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@John J. Wood Seems like the judge was trying to come up with a way to guarantee that. Thanks for posting, John.

__McShyster__
__McShyster__

@Jimmy Jonas ... sure, kill him to show him that killing is wrong.

You = Epic Fail.

.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Marcie Guerrero Succinctly put, Marcie. Thanks for posting.

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