Update: Guilty plea in murder of 9-year-old Souderton girl

    James Lee Troutman has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of 9-year-old Skyler Kauffman, the Mercury reports, in exchange for escaping the death penalty. 

    Update, 1:30 p.m. Troutman will spend the rest of his life in prison, the Associated Press reports, and defense attorney Craig Penglase said he’s please Kauffman’s family won’t have to endure a trial.


    Kauffman was killed last spring in Souderton, and Troutman, her neighbor, was charged soon after. Until now, defense attorneys have tried to have the charges dismissed and even won a request for an out-of-county jury. Troutman originally pleaded not guilty.

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