Arizona rape and murder suspect: "I deserve the max"

Arizona murder suspect "I deserve the max"
Loretto Kyle Alegria

(CBS/KOLD) AJO, Ariz. - Loretto "Kyle" Alegria, a 21-year-old man being charged for the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Arizona, refused to sign a plea agreement Thursday morning, telling the judge he deserved to die.

According to authorities, Rhia Almeida was found beaten and stabbed to death after going to Alegria's house for a play-date with Alegria's little brother in June 2009, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

Alegria rejected a plea agreement Thursday, reports CBS affiliate KOLD, telling the judge he deserved to die.

"I don't deserve to live," Alegria said, according to the Daily Star. "I deserve the max."

Pima County Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini tried to reason with him asking, "Don't you think life in prison is punishment enough?"

Alegria shook his head no, according to the Daily Star.

Bernini continued to convince Alegria that he was making it worse not only for Almeida's family, but also his own family, which includes his 10-year-old brother, by going through a lengthy trial.

Alegria still didn't budge, insisting he was still not going to sign the agreement.

Alegria's trial is set for April.

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