Man who Plead Guilty to Murdering 7-Year-Old Georgia Girl Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

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Ryan Brunn

Two days after receiving a life sentence without parole for the murder of a 7-year-old Canton, Ga. girl, Ryan Brunn apparently killed himself in his prison cell Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Brunn, an apartment groundskeeper, testified at a hearing Tuesday that he lured Jorelys Rivera to an empty apartment before molesting and killing her. Her body was found in a trash compactor three days after she went missing on December 2, 2011.

DoC spokesperson Kirsten Stancil said Brunn was found unresponsive at 4:15 p.m. in his cell at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m.

Stancil added the Georgia Bureau of Investigation would begin an investigation into his death.

Brunn was indicted on 13 counts Tuesday including murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, false imprisonment, abandonment of a dead body, making a false statement and sexual exploitation of children, according to a report by CNN.

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