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Killer of 9-year-old girl pleads guilty to murder and sexual crimes

March 23rd, 2012 by Brian Zeiger
"[The defense] indicated that he was willing to plead guilty to the charges, to all of the charges, and accept life in prison," said District Attorney Risa Ferman.

After pleading guilty to first-degree murder charges and sexual crimes after killing a nine-year old girl, Norristown, Pennsylvania native James Lee Troutman was told he would spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole.

Troutman was originally facing the death penalty. However, a plea deal struck with the prosecution eliminated possibility that he would be put to death.

"[The defense] indicated that he was willing to plead guilty to the charges, to all of the charges, and accept life in prison," said District Attorney Risa Ferman, in a report by 6ABC that aired late last week after the sentence was handed down.

According to Troutman's confession, after sexually assaulting Skyler Kauffman, he choked her and repeatedly banged her head against the basement of the apartment complex he shared with the victim's family. Once she was dead, Troutman then dumped her body in a trash bin.

"It's certainly not over for them," the Kauffmans' attorney told 6ABC. "Skyler is never coming back and they know that. They are living with that for the rest of their lives."

A few weeks before her daughter's murder, Mrs. Kauffmann alerted police to the strange behavior of Troutman. According to the testimony of Skyler and another girl, Troutmann had locked them both in his bathroom.

After the victim had gone missing, CBS Philly reported that police arrested Troutman for the murder of Skyler after they noticed blood on his shoes. After being questioned, Troutman confessed to the murder and rape.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for a crime, such as sexual crimes or murder, you may benefit from a consultation with a Philadelphia criminal lawyer.  He or she can help assess your claim and try your case in a court of law, if necessary.

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