Autumn Pasquale Update: N.J. teen admits luring, strangling girl on bike

A body found in a recycling container has been preliminarily identified as that of a missing 12-year-old southern New Jersey girl, officials said Tuesday. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement that the body found 10 p.m. Monday in Clayton is believed to be that of Autumn Pasquale, who was last seen on Saturday, October 20, 2012. Pasquale was last seen leaving her home at 1:30 p.m. on a white, BMX Odyssey bike and had not been seen since. An autopsy to confirm the body's identity will be conducted Tuesday morning by the Gloucester County Medical Examiner's office, officials said.
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Autumn Pasquale in an undated photo
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(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.

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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.

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