By Ian Bush
CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — There was a guilty plea today from one of the teen brothers accused in the killing last year of a 12-year-old Gloucester County, NJ girl.
Camden County prosecutors say 16-year-old Justin Robinson admitted in adult court this morning that he strangled the Autumn Pasquale in October 2012. He pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter.
Sentencing is set for next month, and he is expected to receive a 17-year prison term.
Robinson was just 15 years old last October when he and his older brother killed Pasquale for her bike and dumped her remains in a recycling bin next to the Robinsons’ house in Clayton, NJ (see related story).
Early 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.
Officials say today’s hearing dealt solely with Justin; charges against his brother, who is 17, are still pending in juvenile court in Gloucester County.