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Convicted sex offender gets life in killing of 13-year-old while he was high on meth

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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.

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