The young man set to go to trial for aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault of an 11-year old girl back in December chose to plea guilty Wednesday, electing that a jury of his peers decide his fate.
There had been indications that Jacob Musich was going to plea out, but it wasn't until 319th District Court Judge David Stith accepted the plea that he made the announcement.
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the defendant Jacob Musich has entered a plea of guilty to count one offenses, aggravated kidnapping, and count two aggravated sexual assault of a child," Stith said.
Stith ordered the punishment phase of Musich to begin immediately.
Musich is the first of three defendants, all teens, to go to trial. He was charged with kidnapping an 11-year old girl from a south side street last December.
As evidence, prosecutors showed jurors the video of Musich's police interview, where he told of how the child was snatched off her bicycle as she rode behind her brother while walking their dog. He told police that he and the other two defendants, Eric Dimick and Colton Visor, planned the abduction, and that they had been smoking synthetic marijuana and drinking for days, but said he was the only who committed the rape.
Carol McLaughlin, forensic nurse at Driscoll Children's Hospital, read from her report after examining the child.
"They told me to calm down. There were three of them. They said their names were Sawyer, Lee and Jacob. They were driving around for a very long time. One of them said, 'Don't play with the package.' Only one of them did. He put some kind of gel on my private part, under my clothes, and he, he got undressed and he hurt me."
The nurse's report was detailed, taken word for word from the 11-year old victim who remembered everything, right to the moment when she was released.
"Then the guy just stopped and said, 'I'm sorry. I'll put your clothes on.' Then we were at the sand dunes. He told me to look in the sands for a good minute. I went up the sand dunes and looked, then I saw cars and I ran."
Jurors also heard from the man who found the child, an Island resident who said she darted out in front of his car. She was crying, asking for a phone to call her mommy.
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