The stepfather of a 17-year-old Calgary girl killed two years ago pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Monday, saying he strangled the teen while raping her.
The guilty plea came as the two-week trial of Bradley Wade Rietze, 47, was about to start.
Brittney Nora McInnes’s body was found in a box spring in her Canyon Meadows home in January 2010.
Her mother had reported the 17-year-old missing.
When police searched the home, they did not find the Grade 12 student.
It was hours later that a family member searched the house and found her body stuffed into a box spring.
Rietze — McInnes's stepfather for 13 years — was charged with the girl's slaying a few days after her body was found.
Rietze pleaded guilty against the advice of his lawyers.
First-degree murder in Canada carries with it an automatic sentence of life with no possibility of parole for 25 years.
The sentencing hearing will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. MT, when victim impact statements will be read.