ASHTABULA — Prosecutors say a convicted sex offender who admitted killing a 13-year-old Ohio girl while high on methamphetamine has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nick Iarocci says the plea spares 48-year-old John Richard Bove from a potential death penalty but also spares Kara Zdanczewski's family from a recounting of her 2017 murder.
Bove pleaded guilty Friday to charges including aggravated murder and rape.
Messages seeking comment were left with Bove's attorneys.
WEWS-TV reports a police affidavit indicates Bove told investigators he took the girl intending to trade her back to her family in exchange for a drug debt her father owed.
Her body was later found in a field roughly 50 miles northeast of Cleveland.