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Guilty plea in rape, killing of 7-year-old girl

CANTON — A 20-year-old maintenance man faces life in prison for beating, raping and killing a 7-year-old north Georgia girl who disappeared from a playground at her apartment complex and was found in a trash bin.

Ryan Brunn pleaded guilty Tuesday to several charges, including murder in the Dec. 2 killing of Jorelys Rivera. He responded “Yes, sir,” when a judge asked if he was pleading guilty to the charges. The judge accepted his plea and sentenced him to life without parole.

“I’d like to apologize for everything that’s done. Lo Siento,” Brunn said, apologizing in Spanish as he took the stand briefly a second time.

Brunn said he chose the girl because he happened to find her roller skate and used it to lure her to a vacant apartment, where he killed her.

From wire dispatches and staff reports