Autumn Pasquale Murder Update: N.J. teen to be sentenced in girl's slaying

Autumn Pasquale
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Autumn Pasquale in an undated photo.
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(CBS/AP) WOODBURY, N.J. - Justin Robinson, a southern New Jersey teenager facing 17 years in prison for killing a young girl who disappeared while riding her bike last year, is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

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The 16-year-old pleaded guilty in adult court last month to aggravated manslaughter, saying he alone strangled 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale last October.

Police said Pasquale disappeared on Oct. 20 while riding her BMX bike in her neighborhood in Clayton, a town about 25 miles south of Philadelphia. She was allegedly lured into a house by Justin Robinson who told her he wanted to trade bike parts. Police said he and his brother Dante killed the girl and put her body in a recycling bin near their home.

The two brothers were each charged with murder.

Authorities say that besides Justin Robinson's admission, they didn't have physical evidence that established whether one or both of the brothers strangled the girl. Dante Robinson is awaiting trial.

Complete coverage of the Autumn Pasquale case on Crimesider