Man pleads guilty to murder, sexual assault of 6-year-old
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man who called 911 to report his girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter missing has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the child then killing her before setting her body on fire.
The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that 25-year-old Juan Rivera will be sentenced in August.
Medical examiners previously testified that Rivera killed Jadianna Larsen in May 2015 with a blunt instrument then drove 90 miles north of Sacramento and burned her body near a rural road.
Rivera then allegedly returned to Sacramento, where he called 911 and told authorities he had passed out and woke up to find the girl gone.
Detectives testified that DNA found on the girl’s underwear matched Rivera and pings from cellular towers tracked him going roundtrip from Sacramento to rural Glenn County, where her body was found.