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Kaylin Doggendorf Murder: 17-Year-Old Joshua Wright Pleas to 100-Year Sentence

By Pete Kotz in Sex crimes, homicide
Monday, February 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm
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Last March, we brought you the story of 14-year-old Kaylin Doggendorf. She'd been up till 2 a.m. in the morning texting her friend, 17-year-old Joshua Wright. But at 6 a.m. the next morning, her parents discovered her missing from their Pierceton, Indiana home...

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Joshua Wright pleaded guilty to raping and strangling the 14-year-old girl
Over the next two days, police searched for the missing girl. But a direct link to the killer could be found in her phone records.

After they got done texting that evening, Wright admits he broke into Kaylin's home, where he strangled her to death and raped her. He then dragged her body to a barn nearby. Police would only find her after Wright confessed and directed them to his dumping spot.

Last week, Wright pleaded guilty but mentally ill murder, rape, burglary and removing a body from the scene. Apparently the guilty but mentally ill plea doesn't mean much in Indiana, except to say that the bad guy is trying to make excuses for himself. But either way, Wright will be sentenced to 100 years in the slam after receiving consecutive sentences for his crimes.

He made the deal so the sentence would still include the possibility of parole -- if he can manage to knock off some time for good behavior while he's still alive.

See our original story: Kaylin Doggendorf, 14, Strangled to Death; 17-Year-Old Joshua Wright Charged With Murder.

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