(CBS/AP) CAMDEN, N.J. - A New Jersey teen has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the death of Autumn Pasquale, a 12-year-old girl who disappeared last fall while riding her bike.
The 16-year-old admitted in adult court Wednesday that he lured Pasquale to his home in Clayton, N.J. on October 20, 2012 and then strangled her. He was only 15 at the time of crime.
Under a plea agreement, he now faces 17 years in prison. According to CBS Philly, sentencing is scheduled for next month.
His brother, who was 17 at the time of the killing, was also charged with murder in the case. His case is pending in juvenile court.
An attorney for Autumn's mother says prosecutors did "the best they could."
Forty-eight hours after the girl went missing, her body was found in a recycling bin near the suspects' home.
Earlier this year, the case was transferred to Camden County after the Pasquale family filed a lawsuit against Gloucester County prosecutors over the initial handling of the investigation, the station reports.