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Austin Sigg to be tried as an Adult in Jessica Ridgeway Murder
Mon, 10 December, 2012
Time is definitely not on the side of the lead suspect in the Jessica Ridgeway case, Austin Sigg. Although he was a juvenile at the time of the alleged kidnapping and murder, he turns 18 in only fifty-two days. Sigg will be tried as an adult, and the defense has waived its petition to have him tried as a juvenile. Though he will be held in a special housing unit, Denver Post, reports that Sigg will be transferred from Mount View Youth Services Center to county jail.
Sigg will not only be tried for the Jessica Ridgeway case (including 17 counts related to first degree murder after deliberation, felony murder, kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault, and the use of force during the assault – as reported by the Post), but also the attempted abduction of the female jogger (including 6 counts related to attempted first degree murder, attempted kidnapping, and attempted sexual assault – as reported by the Post as well). Fortunately for the unnamed jogger, that attack did not result in a disappearance and death, like 10 year-old Jessica’s case did.
Because of the fact that the Youth Center houses children as well, from 10 to 20 years old, parents of those being held expressed concerns about Sigg being housed there. Possible predators of children can be predators anywhere, and though he was housed in a secluded room and kept under constant supervision, Judge Stephen Munsinger stated that county jail is definitely the appropriate place for Mr. Sigg.
Sigg is supposed to be also housed in secluded confinement in the adult facility, however, the defense is emphasizing that he will be in a place that could pose serious threats to his safety. Others being held at the Youth Center made statements about what they would do to him, if only they could get him alone. One can only assume that those sharing the adult county jail will share the same, serious sentiments. Though Sigg has not been a problem, tried to escape, or misbehaved in any way at the Youth Center, the transfer is set to happen.
Mitchell, Kirk. “Austin Sigg, Suspect in Jessica Ridgeway Case, Will be Tried as an Adult”. The Denver Post. 27 Nov, 2012. <http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22073258/austin-sigg-suspect-jessica-ridgeway-case-seeks-transfer>