- Video: Sentencing for John Steven Burgess
- More: Most Popular stories, videos and more
- More: Get breaking news alerts
Burgess met Jou on Craigslist, and she came to a party at his Westside home in 2007. He said there was alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and heroin at the party, and admitted that after she died, he dumped her body into the ocean.
"I made a really bad decision, and I went down to my sailboat, and I just gave her to the sea," he said in court.
Police have not found Jou's body. Jou was an Orange County resident and honors student at San Diego State University.
Burgess failed to register as a convicted sex offender as required by law.
Jou's parents are trying to talk about the dangers of meeting people on the Internet.
As part of his plea agreement, Burgess had faced five years in state prison.